Aida is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. Set in the Old Kingdom of Egypt, it was commissioned by Cairo's Khedivial Opera House and had its première there on 24 December 1871, in a performance conducted by Giovanni Bottesini. Today the work holds a central place in the operatic canon, receiving performances every year around the world; at New York's Metropolitan Opera alone, Aida has been sung more than 1,100 times since 1886. Ghislanzoni's scheme follows a scenario often attributed to the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, but Verdi biographer Mary Jane Phillips-Matz argues that the source is actually Temistocle Solera.
Luciano Pavarotti heads an exceptional cast in this spectacular live recording from La Scala, Milan, with Ghena Dimitrova, Maria Chiara, Nicolai Ghiaurov and Juan Pons, all in peak form. Luca Ronconi's magnificent production of Verdi's much-loved masterpiece was a triumphant success, with Mauro P...
Zubin Mehta conducts Aida, Verdi’s most spectacular and over-the-top opera, in a new production from the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Starring Marco Berti, Luciana D’Intino and Hui He. Verdi’s Aida is one of the most popular operas of all time. It premiered at the Cairo Opera House on C...
Giuseppe Verdi Aida (2004)
Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, from Opernfestspiele St. Margarethen, 2004. Directed by Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher, conductor Ernst Märzendorfer. Starring Eszter Sümegi, Kostadin Andreev, Cornelia Helfricht, Pièr Dalàs, Janusz Monarcha, Igor Morosow, Martin Fournier, Sewan Salmasi,Choir & Ballet N...
Aida by G. Verdi, from Arena di Verona, 2013. Directed by La Fura dels Baus, Carlus Padrissa and Àlex Ollé, conductor Omer Meir Wellber, starring Ambrogio Maestri, Hui He, Fabio Sartori, Adrian Sampetrean, Giovanna Casolla, Roberto Tagliavini, A messaggero and A Sacerdotessa. Performed in Italian...
Aida by Verdi from Zurich Opera, performed at Zurich Opera House, 2006. Directed by Nicolas Joël, conductor Adam Fisher. Starring Nina Stemme (Aida), Salvatore Licitra (Radamès), Luciana d Intino (Amneris), Juan Pons (Amonasro), Laszlo Polgár (Ramphis), Günther Groissböck (Il Re di Egitto), Chris...