Aida a “mixed bag” in San Francisco….
One of the secrets mastered by the ancient Egyptians was the trick of turning the separate static images of hieroglyphics into dramatic narrative. The production of Aida that inaugurated the San Francisco Opera’s fall season at the War Memorial Opera House on Friday night attempts something similar with mixed but increasing success.
Through the first two acts of the opening performance, Verdi’s melodramatic tale of love and betrayal along the Nile struggled to infuse its disparate elements with any compelling momentum. The fitful, blocky staging of director Jo Davies and surprisingly anemic conducting from music director Nicola Luisotti conspired to put a damper on the proceedings says Joshua Kosman of www.SFGate.com. Get more on this mixed bag at: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/13/DDJ31FCCFL.DTL
Aida: San Francisco Opera. Runs through Oct. 6. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., S.F. Tickets: $25-$320. (415) 864-3330. www.sfopera.com.