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17.03.2018 at 15h00 CET
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 15:00

Royal Swedish Opera

Aida

Will Aida and Radamès's love overcome the chaotic reality they live in?

Operas | Verdi

Sung in Italian

Subtitles available in English, French and German

Available from
17.03.2018 at 15h00 CET

Available until
16.09.2018 at 23h59 CET

The King of EgyptLennart Forsén
AmnerisKatarina Dalayman
AidaChristina Nilsson
RadamèsIvan Defabiani
RamfisAlessio Cacciamani
AmonasroJohan Edholm
MessengerJihan Shin
High PriestessJessica Forsell
ChorusRoyal Swedish Opera Chorus
OrchestraRoyal Swedish Opera Orchestra


Music Verdi
TextAntonio Ghislanzoni
ConductorPier Giorgio Morandi
DirectorMichael Cavanagh
Set DesignerMagdalena Åberg
Costume DesignerMagdalena Åberg
Lighting DesignerLinus Fellbom
Chorus MasterJames Grossmith
DramaturgKatarina Aronsson
Video DirectorHobi Jarne

Act 1

The Ethiopian princess Aida has been captured and enslaved, but her captors do not know of her importance. Radames is a commander in the Egyptian army and is in love with Aida, but also wants to be victorious on the battlefield – Aida’s father, the Ethiopiann King Amonasro, is invading Egypt in order to find and free his daughter.

Amneris is in love with Radames but knows that he loves another; she can see it in his face (‘Quale insolita gioia nel tuo sguardo’ / ‘In your looks I trace a joy unwonted’). She notices that when Aida appears, Radames changes, and she figures out that Radames’ love interest is Aida.

The King of Egypt enters with the news that Ethiopia is invading. Aida feels conflicted – she loves Radames, but she is loyal to Ethiopia.

 

Act 2

Radames has won the battle, and the crowds celebrate. Aida is cornered by Amneris and told that Radames has died; she reveals her love for him and Amneris is enraged.

Aida finds her father Amonasro among the enslaved Ethiopians brought back by Radames and his troops following the battle. She goes to him. They lie to their captors and say that the Ethiopian king was slain in the battle. The Egyptians are none the wiser; all they see is a father and daughter. Radames pleads with his king to let the hostages go free. The king agrees, but keeps Aida and Amonasro hostage.

 

Act 3

Near the temple of the goddess Isis, prayers are said to bless the upcoming wedding of Radames and Amneris (O tu che sei d'Osiride / ‘O thou who to Osiris art’). Radames meets Aida secretly and says he will marry her. Amonasro spies on their conversation, and when he reveals himself, Radames feels betrayed. Amneris and the high prist Ramfis see Radames and Aida together. Radames surrenders to arrest, refusing to flee with Aida and Amonasro.

Act 4

 Radames refuses to listen to Amneris’s pleas to save himself from prison by denying the charges against him. He is sentenced to death. When he is sealed up in a vault to be buried alive, he finds Aida already there. She had hidden herself in the vault in order to be able to die together with him. They sing a duet (Radamès and Aida: La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse / ‘The fatal stone now closes over me’). As Amneris weeps in the temple, Aida and Radames die down below.