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Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901)

From 21/06/2011 in Ghent - from 01/07/2011 in Antwerp

  • Dmitri Jurowski
  • Peter Konwitschny
  • Michele Capalbo
  • Susanna  Branchini
  • Mikhail Agafonov
  • Misha Didyk
  • Musical direction: Dmitri Jurowski
  • Director: Peter Konwitschny
  • Aida: Michele Capalbo / Susanna Branchini
  • Radames: Mikhail Agafonov / Misha Didyk
  • Amneris: Susanna Levonen / Irina Makarova
  • Amonasro: Werner Van Mechelen / Valery Alexeev

A classic you just have to see

In Memphis, the ancient city of the pharaohs, there is tension in the air. Egypt’s eternal enemy Ethiopia is preparing to invade the country, the priests at the temple withdraw to designate the commander-in-chief of the army and a nameless king passively watches events unfold while still enjoying his power. Inside the walls of the palace an erotic and dangerous game is being played between two women and a man. Aida, an Ethiopian slave girl to the king’s daughter Amneris, and Radames, the young and successful Egyptian commander-in-chief of the army, are in love. This is a forbidden and dangerous love, for Amneris too is dreaming of a life by the young officer’s side. Nor is the explosive situation conducive to amorous escapades. Political and state interests come face to face with personal passions and vendettas. What war and love can do to people.

Aida was the most exotic composition commission in Verdi’s career. His libretto was based on a work, inspired by Egyptian sources, by the world famous Egyptologist Mariette. The opera was commissioned by the Khedive of Egypt to celebrate the opening of his new opera house in Cairo. In Aida, Verdi continued his transformation of grand opera, which he had already exploited in Don Carlos, into musical drama. The intimacy with which the emotional and psychological conflicts between the main characters are expressed contrasts starkly with the monumentality of the thrumming triumphal processions and solemn temple rituals.

Duration: 20.00h - ca. 22.45h; afternoon performances 15.00h - ca. 17.45h.


Language: Italian. Surtitles: Dutch.

Tickets from € 13.00 to € 88.00


In Aida, Verdi created one of his darkest works, in which grandeur of the orchestral sound is overwhelmed by the fatal lot of the individual characters. As a specialist in great orchestra works for the operatic stage, Dimitri Jurowski is an excellent conductor for this refined and moving Verdi score. The director is the legendary Peter Konwitschny, who moved audiences last season with his razor-sharp interpretation of Don Carlos. In his hands, Aida too will be a piece of musical theatre that is both surprising and confrontational.

Attention: due to illness, Dmitri Jurowski will not conduct Aida on 25 and 26 June. Maurizio Barbacini will conduct the performances instead.



Warm-Up Aida
Trailer Aida



  • CD

    Giuseppe Verdi
    Lorin Maazel / Gehan Dimitrova / Maria Chiara / Luciano Pavarotti / Paata Burchuladze a.o.
    Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
    Decca 417 439-2

  • BOOK

    L'Avant-Scène Opéra nr.4
    Editions Premières Loges, Paris, 2001
    ISBN 2-84385-002-9

  • BOOK

    Julian Budden
    Oxford University Press
    ISBN: 978-0-19-816263-6

  • DVD

    Orchestra e coro del Teatro alla Scala
    Mus. director: Riccardo Chailly
    Director: Franco Zeffirelli

    Decca, 2007, 074 3209

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