Aida

Live
Location
Opéra Bastille
Duration
3:05
Interval
1
Language
Italian
Subtitles
German,
Spanish,
Italian,
English,
French
Opera
Giuseppe Verdi
Musical direction
Michele Mariotti
Stage direction
Lotte de Beer

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Visuel affiche cinéma
Photo credit
© Andrea Torres Balaguer, persimmon, 2018

Main informations

First performed at the Cairo Opera in 1871 to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal, Aida draws us into the fantasy of a reconstructed Antiquity. At the heart of the plot, an impossible choice between love and patriotic duty: A captive Ethiopian princess and an Egyptian soldier betray their people, defy a powerful rival and unite until death. Marked by the contrast between a theatrical extravaganza and the transition towards a more intimate, personal drama, Verdi’s score manages to distinguish the inner angst of its protagonists from the imposing historical setting. The work brings together several themes dear to the composer: nostalgia for a lost homeland, deliverance through death, the contrast between a dispiriting present and an idealized elsewhere, the stifling reach of religious and political power, the regulating factors in a world intentionally littered with pitfalls. 
For her Paris Opera debut, Dutch director Lotte de Beer has chosen to cast a critical eye on the European portrayal of colonised peoples, encouraging us to rethink our relationship with aesthetic productions of the past and present.

Poster
Artistic team

Opera in four acts (1871)
Music / Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto / Antonio Ghislanzoni
After Auguste-Édouard Mariette

Conductor / Michele Mariotti
Stage director / Lotte de Beer
Sets / Christof Hetzer
Costumes / Jorine van Beek
Lighting design / Alex Brok
Dramaturgy / Peter te Nuyl
Puppets / Significant Object
Chorus master / José Luis Basso

Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris

Presented by Alain Duault

Cast

Il re / Soloman Howard
Amneris / Elīna Garanča
Aida / Sondra Radvanovsky
Radamès / Jonas Kaufmann
Ramfis / Dmitry Belosselskiy
Amonasro / Ludovic Tézier
Un messaggero / Alessandro Liberatore
Sacerdotessa / Gabriella Reyes

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