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In the midst of the Bicentennial and 20th anniversary celebrations, the Teatro Real revives one of its most monumental and emblematic productions of its recent history: Aida, by Giuseppe Verdi. It premiered in 1998 with the staging, scenography, and costumes by Hugo de Ana. Now we will see a restored and updated version of one of the most popular operas by the composer from Busseto.

Maestro Nicola Luisotti returns to the Teatro Real to conduct the Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real with three casts of today’s best voices: Violeta Urmana, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Daniela Barcellona, Gregory Kunde, Fabio Sartori, Alfred Kim, Liudmyla Monastyrska, and Anna Pirozzi, among others. 

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Opera in four acts

Music by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, after a scrpt (1869) by Auguste Mariette
Premiered at the Khedivial Opera House of Cairo on 24 December 1871
Premiered at the Teatro Real on 12 December 1874
Production by the Teatro Real, in co-production with the Lyric Opera de Chicago and the Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile, based on the original 1998 production by the Teatro Real.

Principal Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real
(Coro Intermezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)

Starting Point

In Aida, the grandiose and the intimate converge as in few other operas: the bloody confrontation between Ethiopians and Egyptians is juxtaposed by the love of Radamès, Captain of the Egyptian Guard, for Aida, a slave of the Ethiopians. Their love is more powerful than the hatred between the two peoples, their social differences and incompatible perspectives. This love was as solid as the wall which blocked its consummation.

Verdi chose this story after rejecting several alternatives with comical or thematic plots to which he could have composed a grand opera. He became hugely involved with the writing of the libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, he had collaborated in the revision of La forza del destino. The success of the premiere in the opera house of Cairo, having opened two years previously, was sensational. As part of the Bicentennial celebrations, the Teatro Real pays tribute to its past by recouping part of the scenery of the 1998 production from its repository. Acclaimed at that time, the technical and material complexities have made it impossible to revive until now. Aida returns to the Teatro Real.

Approximate running time

Production Team & Cast

  • Musical director: Nicola Luisotti
  • Stage Director, Set and costume designer: Hugo de Ana
  • Lighting designer: Vinicio Cheli
  • Choreographer: Leda Lojodice
  • Projection design: Sergio Metalli
  • Chorus Master: Andrés Máspero
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  • The King of Egypt: Soloman Howard
  • Amneris: Violeta Urmana (Mar. 7, 10, 13, 16, 22, 24, 25)
    Ekaterina Semenchuk (Mar. 8, 11, 14, 17, 19, 21)
    Daniela Barcellona (Mar. 9, 15, 20)
    Marina Prudenskaya (Mar. 23)
  • Aida: Liudmyla Monastyrska (Mar. 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25)
    Anna Pirozzi (Mar. 8, 11, 14, 17, 21, 24)
    Csilla Boross (Mar. 9)
    Ana Lucrecia García (Mar. 15, 20, 23)
  • Radamès: Gregory Kunde (Mar. 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25)
    Fabio Sartori (Mar. 8, 15, 20, 23)
    Alfred Kim (Mar. 9, 11, 14, 17, 21, 24)
  • Ramfis: Roberto Tagliavini (Mar. 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 19, 22, 23, 25)
    Rafal Siwek (Mar. 8, 11, 15, 17, 20, 21, 24)
  • Amonasro: George Gagnidze (Mar. 7, 10, 13, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24)
    Gabriele Viviani (Mar. 8, 11, 14, 16)
    Àngel Òdena (Mar. 9, 15, 20, 23, 25)
  • High Priestess: Sandra Pastrana
  • A messenger: Fabián Lara

Performance Dates

  • 7 MAR (W) 20:00h
  • 8 MAR (T) 20:00h
  • 9 MAR (F) 20:00h
  • 10 MAR (S) 20:00h
  • 11 MAR (S) 18:00h
  • 13 MAR (T) 20:00h
  • 14 MAR (W) 20:00h
  • 15 MAR (T) 20:00h
  • 16 MAR (F) 20:00h
  • 17 MAR (S) 20:00h
  • 19 MAR (M) 20:00h
  • 20 MAR (T) 20:00h
  • 21 MAR (W) 20:00h
  • 22 MAR (T) 20:00h
    Turn D
  • 23 MAR (F) 20:00h
    Separately from season tickets
  • 24 MAR (S) 20:00h
    Separately from season tickets
  • 25 MAR (S) 18:00h
    Turn V
  • Place: Main Auditorium

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