Arizona Opera Making a Grand Spectacle of ‘˜Aida’
What makes grand opera grand? What makes a blockbuster movie a blockbuster?
Pretty much the same thing: overkill.
Nothing sells tickets like excess. For grand opera, you want oceans storming, volcanoes erupting, battlements exploding, a cast of thousands: This isn’t “Madame Butterfly.” It is more like Cecil B. DeMille.