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First performed at the Cairo Opera in 1871 to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal, Aida draws us into the fantasy of a reconstructed Antiquity. At the heart of the plot, an impossible choice between love and patriotic duty: A captive Ethiopian princess and an Egyptian soldier betray their people, defy a powerful rival and unite until death. Marked by the contrast between a theatrical extravaganza and the transition towards a more intimate, personal drama, Verdi’s score manages to distinguish the inner angst of its protagonists from the imposing historical setting. The work brings together several themes dear to the composer: nostalgia for a lost homeland, deliverance through death, the contrast between a dispiriting present and an idealized elsewhere, the stifling reach of religious and political power, the regulating factors in a world intentionally littered with pitfalls. For her Paris Opera debut, Dutch director Lotte de Beer has chosen to cast a critical eye on the European portrayal of colonised peoples, encouraging us to rethink our relationship with aesthetic productions of the past and present.
Chorus master: José Luis Basso, Amneris: Ksenia Dudnikova, Il Re : Soloman Howard, Aida: Sondra Radvanovsky, Radames: Jonas Kaufmann, Ramfis: Dmitry Belosselskiy, Amonasro: Ludovic Tézier, Sacerdotessa: Gabriella Reyes, Un messaggero: Alessandro Liberatore,
Conductor: Michèle Mariotti, Director: Lotte de Beer, Set design: Christof Hetzer, Visual artist: Virginia Chihota, Costume design: Jorine van Beek, Lighting design: Alex Brok, Dramaturgy: Peter te Nuyl, Puppetry design and direction: Mervyn Millar,With Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Production compagny : Telmondis
Coproduction compagny : Opéra national de Paris - Arte France
Running Time : 185'
Production Year : 2021
Distribution compagny : Telmondis Distribution
Video Format : 16/9