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Work: Aida

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ComposerVerdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)
PeriodRomantic
LibrettistAntonio Ghislanzoni
Year1871
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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SydneyAida

© Georges Antoni
Verdi: Aida
Giampaolo Bisanti; Davide Livermore; Opera Australia; Tahu Matheson; Giò Forma; Gianluca Falaschi; Elena Gabouri

New York CityAidaNew production

Met Opera
Verdi: Aida
Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Michael Mayer; Metropolitan Opera; John Keenan; Christine Jones; Susan Hilferty; Anna Netrebko

BrisbaneAida

© Georges Antoni
Verdi: Aida
Francesco Lanzillotta; Davide Livermore; Opera Australia; Giò Forma; Gianluca Falaschi; Elena Gabouri; Diego Torre

New York CityAidaNew production

Met Opera
Verdi: Aida
Pier Giorgio Morandi; Michael Mayer; Metropolitan Opera; Christine Jones; Susan Hilferty; Kevin Adams; 59 Productions

MunichFestspielkonzert – Oper für alle: Aida

© Wilfried Hösl
Verdi: Aida
Zubin Mehta; Bavarian State Opera; Anita Rachvelishvili; Fabio Sartori; Amartuvshin Enkhbat; Krassimira Stoyanova
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Everyone returns victorious in San Carlo's Aida

Anita Rachvelishvili (Amneris) and Jonas Kaufmann (Radamès) © Francesco Squeglia
With their second open-air concert performance, Teatro di San Carlo scores another hit.
****1
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A radical approach to an operatic warhorse by Opera North

Alexandra Zabala as Aida and Eric Greene as Amonasro © Clive Barda
Opera North's Aida, directed by Annabel Arden and conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong in Leeds Town Hall, is a welcome radical interpretation in the spirit of the times. 
****1
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Under the eye of Horus: Aida in Liège

Elaine Alvarez (Aida) © Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera's staging for Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège is stolid in direction, but Speranza Scappucci breathes life into Verdi's drama from the pit. 
***11
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Amneris is the star of the Met's Aida revival

Dolora Zajick (Amneris) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera (2009)
This revival of the Met's 30-year-old production of Aida had a disappointing debut in the title role but Dolora Zajick's reign as Amneris is still a force of nature.
***11
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An Aida that strips away the Egyptian iconography

Imelda Drumm (Amneris), Manfred Hemm (Ramfis), Graeme Danby (King) and Gwyn Hughes Jones (Radamès) © Pat Redmond
Michael Barker-Caven sets Aida in a 21st-century war zone in the Middle-East, allowing the audience to focus on the human drama.
*****
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