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Aida

Prague State OperaWilsonova 4, Prague, Central Bohemian Region, 110 00, Czech Republic
Dates/times in Prague time zone
Friday 17 March 202319:00
Friday 24 March 202319:00
Thursday 30 March 202319:00
Sunday 02 April 202319:00
Programme
Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)AidaLibretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni
Performers
Prague National Theatre Opera
Petar SelemDirector
Hafiz Abdel FarghaliSet Designer
Josef JelínekCostume Designer
Prague State Opera Orchestra
Prague State Opera Chorus
Teresa RomanoSopranoAmneris
Maria ErmolaevaMezzo-sopranoAmneris
Michal LehotskýTenorRadamès
Denys PivnitskyiTenorRadamès
Svatopluk SemBaritoneAmonasro
Nikoloz LagvilavaBaritoneAmonasro
Maritina TampakopoulosSopranoAida
Ewa PlonkaSopranoAida
Pavel ŠvingrBaritoneKing of Egypt
Oleg KorotkovBassKing of Egypt
Jiří SulženkoBassRamfis
Zdeněk PlechBassRamfis
Václav SiberaTenorA messenger
Jan Maria HájekTenorA messenger
Prague State Opera
Otto ŠandaChoreography
Adolf MelicharChoirmaster / chorus director

The opera, centred on the story of love between the Egyptian warrior Radames and Aida, the enslaved daughter of Amonasro, King of Ethiopia, enthrals audiences due to its spectacular scenery and crowd scenes, as well as intimate personal drama. Aida has to decide between being loyal to her country or dedicating herself to a man who is one of the oppressors of her nation. The dilemma of choosing between love and duty is also faced by Radames, who ultimately betrays his homeland because of Aida. Giuseppe Verdi based his opera on a brief scenario written by the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette to commission from the Viceroy of Egypt, with the aim to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal. Intrigued by the concept, the composer paid great attention to every detail of the work. He even travelled to Egypt so as to further his knowledge of the country and its culture. Back in Milan, Verdi had specially made for his opera “Aida trumpets”, modelled on Ancient Egyptian instruments, which he would employ in the “Triumphal March”, perhaps the most famous ensemble scene there is.

The current State Opera production, premiered in 1994, is the title longest performed in the present repertoire of the company and one of its most popular shows. It also met with a tremendous response during two State Opera Prague tours of Japan.

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