Music by Giuseppe Verdi; Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni • March 20, 23, 26, 28, 2021
Aida is an epic story of love and heroics in ancient Egypt. Aida is a high-stakes love triangle between a brave military commander, a jealous pharaoh’s daughter, and a conflicted prisoner of war. Aida is the grandest of the grand operas, visually stunning and musically magnificent.
Aida is an Ethiopian princess being held captive by the Egyptians. Amneris is the Egyptian pharaoh’s daughter. Both are in love with Egyptian warrior Radamès. Radamès loves Aida, but the wily Amneris is determined to have him for herself. Aida must eventually choose between betraying the man she loves and betraying her father and country.
This passionate drama pits love against duty, father against daughter, and nation against nation.
Alexandra Loutsion**: Aida, an Ethiopian princess
The Artistic Team
Conductor - Antony Walker
Stage Director - Crystal Manich
Set Designer - Claude Girard & Bernard Uzan
Costume Designer - Claude Girard
Lighting Designer - Cindy Limauro
Wig and Make-up Designer - James Geier
Stage Manager - TBA
Asst Conductor - Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master - Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist - James Lesniak
Asst Stage Director - Kaley Karis Smith*
+ Pittsburgh Opera debut
* Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist
** Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alumni
Listen to Pittsburgh Opera General Director Christopher Hahn give a brief synopsis of Aida featuring excerpts from this 1952 Decca recording with the Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Click play below or download these excerpts for an offline treat!
- “Alta Cagion V’Aduna" - performed by the Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia
- “Se Quel Guerrier Io Fossi!” - sung by Mario del Monaco as Radamès
- “Ritorna vincitor” - sung by Renata Tebaldi as Aida
- "Votre Toast, Je Peuz Vous Le Rendre” - sung by Ebe Stignani as Amneris and Renata Tebaldi as Aida
- “Vieni, O Guerriero Vindice” - sung by the chorus of dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia
- “Gloria All’Egitto, Ad Iside” - performed by the Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia
- “Qui Radames Verra…Che Vorra Dirmi” - performed by Renata Tebaldi as Aida
- “Ciel! Mio Padre!” - sung by Aldo Protti as Amonasro and Renata Tebaldi as Aida
- “Fuggiam Gli Ardori Inospiti” - sung by Mario del Monaco as Radamès and Renata Tebaldi as Aida
- “O Terra, Addio; Addio, Valle Di Pianti” - performed by Mario del Monaco as Radamès and Renata Tebaldi as Aida
We want you to have the best experience possible at our performances!
- Estimated Run time: approximately 3 hours, 15 minutes with two intermissions
- Understand Every Word: Aida is sung in Italian, but has English supertitles projected above the stage at all performances
- Download the Program Book (available spring 2021)
- Download the Aida study guide (available spring 2021)
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- Pre-Opera Talks before each performance
- Audio Description available at The Benedum Center
- Braille Programs available at The Benedum Center
- Large-Print Programs available at The Benedum Center