October 12, 15, 18, 20, 2013
Benedum Center

Music by Giuseppe Verdi • Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni


Enslaved in Egypt, the Ethiopian princess Aida is torn between love for her country and love for the Egyptian general Radames. Against the backdrop of their warring nations, the lovers try to defy the odds, but their fates are sealed.
Adding to the excitement of the Triumphal Scene are three special guests as the "Champion of Champions": Charlie Batch on October 12; Bob Friend on October 15; Franco Harris on October 18, and Phil Bourque on October 20.

Watch the AIDA video postcard here.


Music from AIDA

Celeste Aida (Heavenly AIda) - Domingo
Grand Chorus: Gloria all'Egitto (Glory to Egypt) 
Aida - Deutsche Gramophon recording
Like this CD? Order it at Deustche Gramophon.


AIDA Photo Album

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Aida photo album


Video from our production of AIDA

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"Celeste Aida" from Pittsburgh Opera's  AIDA
Carl Tanner, "Radames"
Radames is named the military leader for Egypt -Pittsburgh Opera's AIDA


Previews and Reviews for AIDA

PREVIEW: 'Aida' casting call attracts dozens of buff extras - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PREVIEW: Franco Harris to play ceremonial role in Aida -
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
PREVIEW: Franco Harris to play "champion of champions" role... -
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PREVIEW: Various humans, creatures to feature in 'Aida' -
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PREVIEW: ...Pittsburgh Opera kicks off with 'Aida' -
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PREVIEW: 'Aida' marks start of PIttsburgh Opera's 75th season - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
PREVIEW: Opera goes to the dogs - Beaver County Times Online
REVIEW: Spectacular 'Aida' boasts thrilling music, performances - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
REVIEW: Singing steals the show at 'Aida'- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
REVIEW: 'Aida' marches triumphantly into 75th season - PIttsburgh Owl Scribe Blog
REVIEW: 'Aida' opens Pittsburgh Opera's 75th season
- The Opera Critic (New Zealand)


Click here to read the AIDA synopsis


The Cast & Creative Team

Carl Tanner Latonia Moore
Elizabeth Bishop Lester Lynch
Carl Tanner +
Latonia Moore +
Elizabeth Bishop
Lester Lynch
Oren Gradus  Resident Artist Phillip Gay Resident Artist Jasmine Muhammad Resident Artist Daniel Curran
Oren Gradus **
Phillip Gay *
Jasmine Muhammad *
High Priestess
Daniel Curran
Charlie Batch Bob Friend Franco Harris Phil Bourque, "The Ol' Two-Niner"
Charlie Batch +
Special Guest, Oct. 12
"Champion of Champions"
 Bob Friend +
Special Guest, Oct. 15
"Champion of Champions"
Franco Harris +
Special Guest, Oct. 18
"Champion of Champions"
Phil Bourque +
Special Guest, Oct. 20
"Champion of Champions"

Creative Team 

Antony Walker
Stage Director Crystal Manich
Set Designer(s) Claude Girard and Bernard Uzan for Opera de Montreal
Costume Designer Claude Girard for Opera de Montreal
Lighting Designer Cindy Limauro
Choreographer(s) Michele de la Reza and Peter Kope, Attack Theatre
Assistant Conductor Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master Mark Trawka
 Associate Coach/Pianist James Lesniak
 Hair & Makeup Designer James D. Geier
Assistant Director George Cederquist *

+ Pittsburgh Opera debut
* Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist
** Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alumni


Stories about the Cast

Elizabeth Bishop sings two operas in one day at The Met (
Carl Tanner: bounty hunter turned opera singer (New York
Carl Tanner's last-minute debut at The Met as Radames (New York
Latonia Moore's last-minute debut at The Met as Aida (New York
Jasmine Muhammad enjoys singing Jerry Garcia's music (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

AIDA is a co-production of Pittsburgh Opera, Opera de Montreal, and Utah Symphony & Opera.
Original production by Bernard Uzan.


Related Events

WQED Preview Pre-Opera Talks
Opera Up Close Brown Bag concerts
Meet the Artists  


Performance Details & Resources 

  PERFORMANCE LOCATION • All performances of AIDA will be at the Benedum Center.
  PARKING Get real-time parking information at Park PGH. See a map of Cultural District parking facilities here.
  RUN TIME • AIDA will last about 3 hours and 15 minutes, including 2 intermissions.
  OPERA FAQs Get answers to frequently-asked questions like "what's a good opera for kids? or "what should I wear?"
  PRE-OPERA TALKS begin 1 hour before each performance of AIDA.
  UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: English texts are projected above the stage at all of our Benedum Center performances.
AUDIO DESCRIPTION is offered at the Tuesday, October 15 performance of AIDA.
WHEELCHAIR ACCOMMODATIONS are available at the Benedum Center.
PROGRAM BOOKS are available in a Braille version at all of our Benedum Center performances.
PROGRAM BOOKS are available in a Large Print version at all of our Benedum Center.
  A STUDY GUIDE FOR AIDA (PDF) is published by our Education Department. View it here (11" x 17").
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