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Music Pick | Verdi's Aida

In terms of theatrics, there’s no form of entertainment more impressive than opera. This month, Austinites have the opportunity to enjoy it on a grand scale as the Austin Opera kicks off their 2015-16 season with Verdi’s Aida, a production that has been years in the works and requires the work of more than 200 people.

“A great cast, beautiful show, people pouring their hearts out,” says Austin Opera General Director Joe Specter. “It’s just going to be great, it’s going to be a spectacle.”

For those unfamiliar with the plot, Aida is set while a war is waging between Egypt and Ethiopia, and tells the tale of a love triangle gone bad (as, it seems, they typically do). And for those unfamiliar with opera in general — or perhaps even a little intimidated — Specter promises that this show in particular has something for everyone. “It’s cultural tourism,” he explains. “You get a chance to escape in a profound way from everyday life because of that artistic immersion. It’s this elevated, aspirational experience, but it’s not exclusive.”

In fact, Specter says, when it comes to sheer showmanship, it could essentially be considered a rock concert. “That’s a very good analogy,” he laughs before throwing in the obligatory Spinal Tap reference. “This show goes to 11.”

Aida is showing at The Long Center for the Performing Arts on November 7, 12 and 15. Find tickets and more information here.


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