One of the biggest privileges of being in the opera studio in Cologne so far has been getting the chance to sing the Sacerdotessa in Aida. Normally, the role is sung from behind the stage, but in this case, I got to be onstage, and not only! All the costumes were done by prominent French designer Christian La Croix, and Johannes Erath’s direction was truly spectacular. Rather than use the traditional Egyptian backdrop, the production was based around Catholicism, a fitting tribute to the massive Dome next door. Will Humburg conducted the performances.
Going to costume fittings with Christian La Croix was pretty special. His team busying themselves around him, he’d just sit and watch as layers of fabric were draped artfully around my body. He’d pause… stare…squint…. and then with a small flick, he transformed my costume into something glorious. Elegant white cowlneck, long curly locks, and angel feathered wings? Yes please!
I shared the stage with two glorious Aidas: Adina Aaron and Hui He. Both of them were extraordinarily different and incredibly gifted. Hui He’s voice was sent from heaven, and Adina’s passionate characterisation was thrilling. I got to lift both Aidas (angelically) from despair just after they sang the renowned “Ritorna vincitor”, and waft (angelically) by while singing “Possente Ftha”. Sure, it was only 10 minutes, but it was unforgettable.