Flamboyant, spectacular and introspective, Verdi’s masterpiece “Aida” returns to the Paris Opera after an absence of more than half a century. Starring Oksana Dyka as Aida, Luciana D’Intino as Amneris, and Marcelo Alvarez as Radames. With its fascination for Egypt, 19th century Europe seems to have embarked on an intoxicating voyage down the Nile, marvelling at the colours of that great river and of the Egyptian sky, rediscovering monuments that are not so much palaces and towns but enigmatic sanctuaries of both the genius and the folly of humanity. Aida is one of the most celebrated examples of this “Egyptomania” albeit one of the most contradictory: commissioned by Ismail Pasha, the project of a work to be performed in honour of the inauguration of the Suez Canal was initially rejected by Verdi. However, a second commission for an operatic work to be performed in the new theatre in Cairo was later, somewhat condescendingly, accepted. Verdi had no inclination for exoticism and any concessions were, for him, out of the question. This opera, intended as a celebration of universal concord and harmony between nations with all the pomp and ceremony appropriate to such solemn occasions, is in fact entirely about conflict: the war between Egypt and Ethiopia is nothing compared to that which opposes the characters to each other. Their bloody confrontations give way, in turn, to the conflict within each individual. An spectacular work and one of Verdi’s most beautiful masterpieces.
CastOksana Dyka | Marcelo Alvarez Carlo Cigni | Luciana D’intino Giacomo Prestia | Sergey Murzaev Elodie Hache
Number of actsOpera in 4 acts
Total running time2 hours 50 minutes including a 30 min intermission
Date of performance2013-11-13Share on Facebook