Director Shirin Neshat Gives Preview of Salzburg ‘Aida’

The Salzburg Festival’s new production of Verdi’s “Aida” is one of the most anticipated of the summer season as it will see Anna Netrebko make her role debut as the Ethiopian princess, all while reuniting her with Maestro Riccardo Muti.

However, it will also be exciting as it will see visual artist Shirin Neshat direct it.

In anticipation of the production, Neshat spoke about the production and revealed that she will focus on the relationship between Aida and her country. During the interview, it was revealed that Nesha decided to use videos in order to emphasize that relationship and that during the triumphal march, as Aida sings, she will show a video with images of her people, the slaves.

Neshat also stated that she wanted to get to the core of the drama even if that meant stripping away all the glamor and entertainment from the work.

It was also revealed that there will be dancers wearing animal-like masks, making them appear like ghosts. The figures on stage will be unable to see them.

The opera opens on August 6 and will be filmed on August 12. Netrebko stars alongside Francesco Meli, Luca Salsi and Ekaterina Semenchuck.

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Francisco Salazar
FRANCISCO SALAZAR, (Publisher) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he has had the privilege of interviewing numerous opera stars including Anita Rachvelshvili and Ailyn Perez. He also worked as an entertainment reporter where he covered the New York and Tribeca Film Festivals and interviewed many celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Edgar Ramirez and Benedict Cumberbatch. He currently freelances for Remezcla. He holds a Masters in Media Management from the New School and a Bachelor's in Film Production and Italian studies from Hofstra University.

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