Production Team

Production: Pierre Audi
Set and Costume Designers: Miuccia Prada, Herzog & de Meuron
Lighting Designer: Jean Kalman

Please be advised that the following information refers to a production from the Met's 2009-2010 season. Explore our 2015-16 Metropolitan Opera Season to view the current repertory.


Approximate running time 2 hrs. 35 min.

Verdi's rousing early opera tells the story of civilization’s encounter with barbarism, in a Met premiere production by director Pierre Audi. Some of the brightest lights in contemporary design, including Miuccia Prada and the architecture team of Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron (the 2008 Beijing Olympics “Bird’s Nest” stadium), have created the costumes and scenery. “Our approach is to stay very close to the descriptions supported by Verdi: destruction, rubble, lagoon, forest, darkness—all in a very naturalistic way,” explain Herzog & de Meuron. Ildar Abdrazakov sings the title role, joined by Violeta Urmana, Ramón Vargas, and Franco Vassallo. Marco Armiliato conducts.


Performance Dates/Tickets and Info

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