Aida is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi on a libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on an original subject by the French archaeologist Auguste Mariette.
In 1860 Isma’il Pasha, Khedive of Egypt, commissioned a hymn to Verdi to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal (1868), offering a fee of 80,000 francs, but Verdi refused, saying he did not write occasional music.
Mariette sent a booklet scheme of the Egyptian subject to Camille du Locle, director of the Opéra-Comique of Paris who submitted it to Verdi, who found the story valid. The director invited Verdi to compose an opera for the inauguration of the new theater in Cairo, and Verdi accepted.
Francesco Ivan Ciampa is the conductor, director is Mauro Bolognini and Bepi Morassi. The performance lasts about 3 hours.
Plot: Aida, the daughter of the Ethiopian king, was enslaved and taken to Egypt, where, however, nobody knows her true identity. During slavery she falls in love with the commander of Egyptian troops Radames who returns his love. To divide Aida and Radames, it is not only the “social” question, Radames is also the future heir to the Egyptian throne, being “promised” to the pharaoh’s daughter, Amneris.
During the war the Ethiopian king and father of Aida is captured. He convinces his daughter to use her ascendancy on Radames to find out what Egypt’s next move against Ethiopia will be. Radames falls into the trap and, once he realizes he has betrayed his homeland, he surrenders and is condemned to be buried alive, notwithstanding the pleas that Amneris addresses to his father and the priests who have the task of condemning (or not) Radames. Aida, still in love with him, will not abandon him even in death and will be buried alive with him.
Location: La Fenice Theater, Venice
Schedule: from August 23th to September 13th 2020 – POSTPONED
Hour: 7.00 pm – 3.30 pm Sundays Sep 13
Ticket: up to € 230