Aïda (operaregistratie)
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Lotte de Beer
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Opera in 4 bedrijven van Guiseppe Verdi (1871) – Libretto / Antonio Ghislanzoni – Auguste-Édouard Mariette

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.

De muziek wordt uitgevoerd door Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris o.l.v. Michele Mariotti, resp. José Luis Basso

Il re / Soloman Howard
Amneris / Ksenia Dudnikova
Aida / Sondra Radvanovsky
Radamès / Jonas Kaufmann
Ramfis / Dmitry Belosselskiy
Amonasro / Ludovic Tézier
Un messaggero / Alessandro Liberatore
Sacerdotessa / Roberta Mantegna

Artistic Team

Sets / Christof Hetzer
Visual artist / Virginia Chihota
Costumes / Jorine van Beek
Lighting design / Alex Brok
Dramaturgy / Peter te Nuyl
Puppetry design and direction / Mervyn Millar