Wiener Staatsoper – Aïda, Verdi

Friday September 28th, 3pm
Wednesday October 3rd 7pm

After more than 100 performances, this sumptuous Wiener Staatsoper production signed Nicolas Joel is just as if not more beguiling than ever. Since 1984, it has brought together the greatest voices, and the cast of this production perpetuates this tradition of excellence.

Verdi wrote the four-act opera Aida – his third-to-last music theatre piece – at the behest of the Egyptian Khedive Ismail Pasha. Verdi imbued his music with apparent local colour by intermittently inserting passages that because of their instrumentation and melody have an exotic sound. The plot revolves around a love triangle, with two women loving the same man: the relatively powerful Amneris and the slave Aida both love the army captain Radames. Another important theme is, “Does love for another person transcend love for one’s fatherland or the laws that bind a community?”, along with the third theme of private happiness being shattered by the inexorable power apparatus of the influential.

CONDUCTOR
Evelino Pidò

PRODUCTION
Nicolas Joel

SET AND COSTUME DESIGN
Carlo Tommasi

CHOREOGRAPHY
Jan Stripling

CAST
Anita Rachvelishvili (Amneris)
Kristin Lewis (Aïda)
Jorge de Leon (Radamès)
Paolo Rumetz (Amonasro)

DURATION
3 h 15 approx

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