Don't miss the Opéra Aida based on the work of Verdi at the Opéra Berlioz/Le Corum!
Opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, on a libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni after a plot by Auguste Mariette, premiered on December 24, 1871 at the Khedival Opera in Cairo.
Perfect synthesis between intimate drama and grand spectacle fresco, Italian romantic opera and French grand opera, Aida opposes in a fratricidal struggle the Egypt of the pharaohs to Ethiopia, distant predecessors of Austria and Italy. To the sound of trumpets and tom-toms, an implacable trap closes in on her two heroes – the Ethiopian slave Aida and the Egyptian general Radamès – when the latter is chosen to lead a new assault against the enemy: Aida must decide between his passion and patriotic duty, a conflict that can only be resolved in death. For his most grandiose lyrical work intended to inaugurate the Suez Canal, Verdi reserved some of his finest arias for doomed lovers. A poignant human drama, directed by Annabel Arden who brings her personal vision to the melodic balm of Verde.