COC’s production was best summed up as “Aida the cleaning lady”. (Thanks Jill)
The singing was lovely, although I am not really someone who can tell. The staging was visually interesting in a stark, drab, Chinese communist way. The production kept my interest throughout. But it was definitely lacking in Egyptian flavour.
The biggest problem was that the “Triumphal March” (the only piece of Aida that I recognize, Philistine that I am! ) was barely a moment in the production. It is hard to have a triumphal march into an office building conference room!
I would certainly go to the opera again, but I would still rather spend my money on the theatre!