Teatro alla Scala
Opera in four acts
Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni based on a scenario by Pascha François Auguste Ferdinand Mariette
In Italian with German surtitles
Duration: approx. 3 hours, one interval
For all from 14 upwards
Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)‘s most popular opera as it is based on mass effects, ‘Aida’, could actually be a chamber piece: the King’s influential daughter Amneris loves the socially aspiring Radamès and her strongest rival turns out to be her own servant Aida. But ‘Aida’ is also a political opera. Because this triangular conflict takes place at the critical point in a war which opens up a new front in the drama: Amneris and Radamès are the victors, Aida and her people are among the defeated. The hero she loves is someone she must also hate. His victory is her boundless suffering and his triumphal march her greatest humiliation.
As Verdi was writing this opera the Franco-Prussian War broke out in Europe. Verdi had spent a long time resisting the prestigious opera commission from Cairo. However, suddenly this ancient Egyptian story, which had been proposed to him by a French friend, had turned into a drama which was taking place on his own continent: no longer a party under the pyramids but a bitter lesson about the workings of social and political power, about those determined to win who will always get the better of people like Aida, despite their integrity and strength of character.
MUSIKALISCHE LEITUNG Aziz Shokhakimov
INSZENIERUNG Philipp Himmelmann
BÜHNE Johannes Leiacker
KOSTÜME Gesine Völlm
LICHT Manfred Voss
CHORLEITUNG Gerhard Michalski
DRAMATURGIE Hella Bartnig
SPIELLEITUNG Volker Böhm