WASHINGTON — The Wash–ington Opera is literally shedding some light onto Verdi’s "Aida," which opens here Saturday. Not only will the production mark the company’s yearlong move to DAR Constitution Hall, while the Kennedy Center renovates the opera house, but also the worldwide launch of an Italian fashion innovation.

In four scenes of the opera, performers will wear costumes made from Luminex, a fiber-optic thread based on telephone technology that creates luminous, light-generating, battery-operated fabrics capable of changing colors to reflect the wearer’s emotional state.

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