Aida Abridged


Verdi’s most famous opera, often staged with a company of 200 singers, reimagined for a talented cast of two men.

National Arts Festival, Fringe / Wits 969 Festival / The Theatre on the Square

Nominated for a Naledi Award for Best New Musical Adaptation

“A true delight, with virtuoso performances by both leads.” – The Herald Spotlight

“…delightfully absurd and wonderful fun…exquisitely created and directed…I highly recommend it” – Arts Comments

“Clint Lesch and Len-Barry Simons between them can hit every note from the deepest bass to the highest soprano… remarkably compact…Homann, Lesch, Simons and company have achieved something substantial here.” – Business Day

“…cleverly handled…remarkably effective….wonderfully absurd…inventiveness in both concept and delivery, should see Aida Abridged building its audience at festivals and theatres far and wide.” – pARTicipate

“A huge amount of vision has gone into it…I’d rather watch this entertaining potted version than squirm my way through the original. ” – The Daily Maverick

Produced by Sum Project
Conceived & Directed by Greg Homann
Musical Direction Clint Lesch
Written by Giuseppe Verdi (music) & Antonio Ghislanzoni (libretto)
Adapted by Clint Lesch (music) & Greg Homann (libretto)
Designed by Greg Homann & Nell van der Merwe
Lighting Design by Benjamin Mills

Clint Lesch
Len-Barry Simons
Wessel Odendaal (Pianist)