The essence of Grand Opera first performed in Cairo in 1871. Set in Egypt at the time of the pharoes. A captain of guard (Radames) is in love with Aida, an Ethiopian slave girl - who happens also to be the daughter of the king of Ethiopia. Her mistress, Amneris, is also in love with Radames. When the Ethiopians invade Radames is chosen to lead the army. When they return victorious Radames asks for all the Ethiopian slaves to be released - except Aida and her father who persuades her to trick Radames into revealing the plans of the Egyptian army - but he suggests that they all run away to Ethiopia together. When Radames is accused of treason he gives himself up to let Aida and her father escape but is condemned to be improisoned alive. As the last stones are put in place Aida appears and joins him in the tomb so that they might die together. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Running time 3 hours 15 minutes (two intervals).

Performers Inessa Galante (Aida), John Hudson (Radames), Anne-Marie Owens (Amneris), Clayton Brainerd (Amonasro), Manfred Hemm (Ramfis), Matthew Best (King of Egypt).
Music Verdi. Lyrics Ghislanzoni. Company Scottish Opera. Director Antony McDonald. Design Antony McDonald. Design George Souglides. Costume Tania Spooner. Lighting Giuseppe Di Iorio. Choreographer Philippe Giraudeau. Conductor Richard Armstrong. Conductor Piers Maxim.


Aida (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T0307295728. Details of all Aida archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1857

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