July 24, 27, 29 and 31
August 3, 5 and 7
NL-8482 KS Spanga
Gemeente Weststellingwerf, Friesland
Leeuwarder Courant*****: 'Van Eijk applies humor, reduces the heaviness of the love drama, knows how to surprise without violating the story line and without allowing Verdi´s music to be twisted. (…) But as soon as the drama continues Van Eijk keeps the staging simple and clearly structured. She carefully doses out her remarkable concoctions. Everything is in excellent balance.'
Theaterkrant****: `It is a fine performance musically as well. Tjalling Wijnstra conducts Filharmonie Noord with great nuance and feeling. The orchestra is not especially large, which only serves to enhance the sound. I have never heard the famous triumphal march played with such subtlety. (…) Corina van Eijk has given the opera new levels of meaning and demonstrates how war makes it possible for dark forces to take over the leadership. Verdi would certainly not disapprove.´
NRC****: `Aida (1871) by Giuseppe Verdi, performed by Opera Spanga, breaks with every convention which has been the case with director Corina van Eijk since 1989. (…) Right in the very first scene the staging focuses in on the love triangle drama. Superb is the mezzo-soprano Eva Kroon as she discovers that her great love Radames (tenor Toa Tong) is secretly in love with Aida, soprano Maribeth Diggle. (…) This Aida provides us with a moving triple Liebestod, ethereally interpreted by dwindling softly flowing music and fervent singers.´
De Volkskrant****: `The whole cast acts convincingly and the singing is especially strong. Diggle´s warm-blooded soprano and Tao Tong´s lively tenor lay the groundwork, while Eva Kroon as Amneris gradually adds depth. Marcel van Dieren and Peter Michailov sing royally as the two kings, as do Sinan Vural and Francesca Aquilina, who represent the clergy. The chorus provides both soldiers and priests and even throws in a pilates ballet.´