Camels have been cast in starring roles in Opera Australia's upcoming production of Aida.
Camels have been cast in starring roles in Opera Australia's upcoming production of Aida. Contributed

One-humped divas to grace the Gold Coast

TWO camels have been cast in starring roles in Opera Australia's upcoming production of Aida, to be staged on Coolangatta Beach in September.

The one-humped divas will be transported from Sydney to the Gold Coast, where they'll make their nightly seaside appearances in Griffith Opera on the Beach - Aida, draped in luxurious gold trimmed costumes. 

The operatic duo of Sid and Daisy are already well versed in the ways of Verdi after making their debut in Opera Australia's production of Aida for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour back in 2015.

Throughout its long performance history - it premiered in 1871 - Verdi's Aida is perhaps best known for its extravagant outdoor performances, that also includes a long-standing tradition of casting live animals to add to the spectacle.

Renowned the world over as the ultimate 'grand' opera, Aida is universally loved by existing opera fans and those trying it out for the first time.

Griffith Opera on the Beach - Aida will burst onto the elaborate pop up stage on Coolangatta Beach in all its Egyptian glory with waves lapping nearby and the starry skies above, it will be the perfect setting to experience opera at it's very best.

Starring alongside the soon to be famous camels, are some of Australia's finest singers including Natalie Aroyan, Michael Honeyman, Milijana Nikolic and Gennadi Dubinsky. Accompanying them will be a 55-strong chorus made up almost entirely of local Gold Coast singers, and a special guest appearance by some resident surf life-savers.

Presented in partnership with City of Gold Coast and Tourism and Events Queensland and in association with Bleach Festival, this will be a highly entertaining and unique night out for the whole family. 

Aida plays six performances from September 21 - 30, 2017 at 6.30pm, Coolangatta Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland.


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