Opera by Giuseppe Verdi in two acts
Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni after a scenario by Auguste Mariette
World premiere on December 24, 1871 in Cairo Opera House
Premiere at the Estonian National Opera on January 22, 2016
“If anyone had told me a few years ago that I would write an opera for Cairo, I would have said he was mad,” wrote Verdi in 1870. Nevertheless, the madness became reality and the Egyptian viceroy Isma’il Pasha commissioned an opera from Verdi, who was at the height of his career. “Aida” combines the magnificence of Grand Opèra, powerful and gripping melodies as well as a passionate love story.
Stage director Tobias Kratzer: „Verdi’s masterpiece „Aida“ is a suspenseful thriller of love and betrayal. It is as close to the splendours of Grand Opèra as it is to the psychological depths of Henrik Ibsen. “Aida” is probably most famous for the Triumphal March that welcomes Radames back from war as a winner – slaves and elephants included. But being a chamber piece at heart, the opera’s “ancient Egyptian setting” turns out to be less a real location than a symbol for the states of mind of its characters: their phantasies of magnificence, their military vigour, their love being larger than life.“