Why See Metropolitan Opera: Aida?
VERDI'S OPULENT EGYPTIAN MASTERPIECE
The Met's unforgettable production of Verdi's ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska once again, alternating with Latonia Moore and Krassimira Stoyanova. They share the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radames. Marco Berti, Jorge de Leon and Riccardo Massi share the role of Radames, with the proud Egyptian princess Amneris sung by Ekaterina Gubanova and Violeta Urmana.
What is Aida about?
A beautiful Ethiopian princess currently lives in the ancient city of Thebes as a slave to the Pharoah's daughter. She is secretly in love with the head of the guard Radames, however he is pursued by Amneris, the princess. Nobody knows Aida's true identity, which has kept her safe up to now, and her father in Ethiopia is making battle plans to take her back.
Amneris, suspecting that Aida is her love rival, draws in the naive girl with false friendliness in order to draw her secret out, after all, how could a man choose a slave over her, a princess? After Radames leads the Egyptians in defending their land, he succeeds in capturing the Ethiopian king (who is dressed as a common soldier), as well as thousands of others. Aida recognises her father, but their identities are still unknown to the Pharoah. However, Amneris is determined to win Radames, even if it means the cost of Aida's life, but ends up paying a far heavier price than she ever thought possible.
Opening night: 5 November 2016
Suitable for age 12+
Three hours and 45 minutes, with two intermissions
And before you stop reading
Sung in Italian with English, German, Spanish and Italian Met Titles. Images used are from a previous production of Aida.
Cast and Creative
Production by Sonja Frisell
Set Design by Gianni Quaranta
Costume Design by Dada Saligeri
Lighting Design by Gil Wechsler
Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky
Conducted by Marco Armiliato & Daniele Rustioni
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