I had played with the idea of performing Aida here for years. I cautiously broached the subject with David Levi. We grinned a bit and gasped for breath. Then at a certain point I said: "If we can find the right singers, we'll program the opera immediately, I can't wait any longer."

Corina van Eijk



Aïda Constance Haumann
Radames Charles Alves da Cruz
Amneris Klara Uleman
Amonasro Peter Michailov
Ramfis Martin Tzonev
Il Re Luuk Tuinder
Un Messaggero Jan van Maanen
Un sacerdotessa Mieke van Doeschoot
musical director  David Levi 
director Corina van Eijk 
art director  Jolanda Lanslots 
costumes Heleen Heintjes 
gaffer  Henk Post
make-up artist Saskia Ellemeet
producer Saskia van Roekel
orchestra and choir Spanga Festival Orkest en Koor


'Moving is the intimate final scene, in which Aida enters the death cell of the condemned Radames. We spy on the doomed loving couple with Ramphis through the security camera as they cling on to each other to die together. Tenderness and true love are only possible in the sight of death, that is the desolate message of the Aida in Spanga. (...) Its credible and intrusive final scene is the best as far as interpretation, staging and dramatic effect are concerned. It is also the most intriguing of all the Aida's I have ever seen.´

NRC Handelsblad, July 2001

´...resident guest of Spanga, Peter Michailov, who sang the father of Aida, Amonasro. He did so, as always, excellently. And he was comic too.´

Algemeen Dagblad, July 2001

´Beautiful vocal and especially theatrical material was taken on for this production. A young Portuguese tenor was a surprise as Radames...´

Financieel Dagblad, July 2001

´Amneris, strikingly well sung and acted by Klara Uleman...´

NRC Handelsblad, July 2001

'She also shifts the story to the twentieth century, or even the twenty-first century. But whereas the productions of the established companies were disconnected or tedious, on farmer de Wolff's pasture everything falls into place.´

Algemeen Dagblad, July 2001

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