When Marcelo Alvarez, the Radames of David McVicar's new Covent Garden Aida, described the production to the Times as "a little like Stargate," we thought he was nuts; when he said opera blogs were "the real cancer of our opera world," our suspicions were confirmed.
Yet it transpires the corpulent loudmouth was right all along. It is indeed a little like Stargate. And a little like Lord of the Rings, a little like Mad Max, a little like Dr Who and a little like just about every shoot-em-up game you've ever played.
Here is the pictorial evidence; words and more photos to follow later.
All the following photos are by Bill Cooper for the Royal Opera House except where noted.
Below are some mood boards, sketches and final photos from Rupert Sanderson, shoe designer.