Paul Falzon’s scenery for Aida another huge success
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After his debut last year in opera set-scenery in La Boheme at the Aurora Opera House, Paul Falzon was entrusted to execute this year’s mammoth set-scenery for Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Aida. The scenery by Falzon splendidly brought out the beauty of this famous opera, especially of the Gloria ad Iside triumphant march in Act II. The set construction for the opera was built by Teddy Mizzi, the stage-manager, helped by stage assistant Anthony Buhagiar.
Falzon eventually painted in the faux method mimicking Egyptian stone on the constructed sets. The painting of the scenery involved a lot of work, both because they were being prepared for a large stage, as well as the preparation and painting of no less than seven different scenes for this four-act opera with two different scenes in three of its four acts.
The largest and most magnificent scene was certainly the huge scene of the temple of Iside on the hills overlooking the river Nile for Act III, a 9 by 13 metres painting executed with attention to details. Paul also sculpted two sphinxes in polysterene as well as a gigantic head of a Pharaoh. The record-setting audience, that surpassed about 1,700, filling the theatre to capacity as never before, showed its appreciation to the execution of the scenes with a long ovation when Novella Tabili, the Italian artist Director, invited Paul on the stage at the conclusion of the opera.
With this year’s Aida set, Falzon marked an important step in his young artistic formation and is slowly establishing himself as one of the leading set-artist painter in Gozo.