Aida

Giuseppe Verdi

Aida

Upcoming Performances

Monday

Jan 7 at 7:30 PM

Friday

Jan 11 at 7:30 PM

Monday

Jan 14 at 7:30 PM

Friday

Jan 18 at 7:30 PM

Thursday

Feb 28 at 7:30 PM

Monday

Mar 4 at 7:30 PM

Thursday

Mar 7 at 7:30 PM

Overview

In what should be a highlight of the new season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. Later in the season, a second star-studded cast takes over, with Sondra Radvanovsky and Dolora Zajick as the leading ladies. Tenors Aleksandrs Antonenko and Yonghoon Lee alternate as Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti and Plácido Domingo take the podium for the Met’s monumental production.

Production a gift of Mrs. Donald D. Harrington

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Languages

Languages sung in Aida

Sung In

Italian

Titles

Title languages displayed for Aida

Met Titles In

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Timeline

Timeline for the show, Aida

Estimated Run Time

3 hrs 36 mins

  • House Opens

  • Act I

    40 mins

  • Intermission

    30 mins

  • Act II

    43 mins

  • Intermission

    36 mins

  • Act III

    67 mins

  • Opera Ends

Aida

World Premiere: Opera House, Cairo, 1871. This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story. Set in ancient Egypt and packed with magnificent choruses, complex ensembles, and elaborate ballets, Aida never loses sight of its three protagonists. Few operas have matched Aida in its exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty, and perhaps no other has remained to the present day so unanimously appreciated by audiences and critics alike.

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Creators

In a remarkable career spanning six decades in the theater, Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) composed 28 operas, at least half of which are at the core of today’s repertoire. His role in Italy’s cultural and political development has made him an icon in his native country. The story of Aida is thought to be the creation of Auguste Mariette (1821–1881), an extraordinary French archaeologist who was the founder of the Egyptian Museum of Cairo. Camille du Locle (1832–1903), who collaborated on the scenario with Mariette and suggested the story to Verdi, had worked with the composer on the libretto of Don CarlosAida’s librettist, Antonio Ghislanzoni (1824–1893), was a novelist and poet as well as the creator of some 85 libretti.

PRODUCTION

Sonja Frisell

SET DESIGNER

Gianni Quaranta

COSTUME DESIGNER

Dada Saligeri

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Gil Wechsler

CHOREOGRAPHER

Alexei Ratmansky

REVIVAL STAGE DIRECTOR

Stephen Pickover

Headshot of Giuseppe Verdi

Composer

Giuseppe Verdi

Setting

Aida

The libretto indicates merely that the opera takes place in “ancient Egypt, in the time of the pharaohs.” This may sound vague, but it was a clear direction to approach the drama as myth rather than anthropology or history.

Music

The score of Aida is a sophisticated example of Italian Romanticism, imbued with a convincingly mysterious and exotic hue. Making no claims to authenticity, Verdi created a unique musical palette for this opera. The grandeur of the subject is aptly conveyed with huge patriotic choruses, most notably the unforgettable Triumphal Scene in Act II. These public moments often serve as frames for the solos of the leading tenor and soprano: his soaring “Celeste Aida” right at the beginning of Act I, her impassioned “Ritorna vincitor!” that follows, and her great internal journey, “Qui Radamès verrà! … O patria mia” in Act III.

Aida