Free Live Stream: Aida

“A captivating cinematic experience that fuses live performance and video. ★★★★★” – Time Out

Watch our smash-hit production of Verdi’s Egyptian epic, streaming live from Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane.

Our lavish production, using state-of-the-art digital technology, has been a smash-hit since its premiere in 2018, playing to five-star reviews and ecstatic packed houses.

This free broadcast will be hosted by Revival Director Shaun Rennie and Australian soprano Jane Ede.


Approximately 3 hours & 20 minutes, including 30-minute pre-show and one 20-minute interval.


Sung in Italian with English subtitles.


This production contains partial nudity.

Cheat Sheet: Aida

Verdi's grand opera, written for the opening of a new opera house in Cairo, is so much more than the Triumphal March.

What happens in the story? Who was the composer? What should I expect from the music? Here’s everything you need to know…

Read the cheat sheet

Aida: Page to Stage

Ancient Egypt comes to life with a modern twist in our monumental production.

Verdi’s historic epic Aida calls for scale and opulence, and that’s exactly what costume designer Gianluca Falaschi delivers in this extraordinary staging.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Story

A rebellion is brewing on Egypt’s borders, and for both the oppressor and the oppressed, loves and loyalties are about to be tested.

Egypt needs a hero to lead their army, and the High Priest has chosen Radamès. Egypt’s fortunes will turn on his sword, but Radamès has a higher purpose. Through victory in battle, he hopes to win the hand of the beautiful slave girl Aida — handmaiden to the princess Amneris, and secretly, an Ethiopian princess.

Aida is torn between her love for the Egyptian hero and her despair for the country he must march against — her homeland.

And the Princess Amneris, who also desires Radamès, is beginning to have suspicions that her hero might prefer her slave…

As Radamès returns to Egypt in triumph, Aida is greeted with a terrible sight — her father Amonasro, the King of Ethiopia, is among the slaves.

Just when all seems lost, the King of Egypt deals another blow: promising the triumphant Radamès his daughter Amneris’ hand.

On the banks of the Nile, the lovers arrange to meet one last time.

But the conquered Ethiopian King has a plan to save his country. Aida has to make a devastating choice.

In the darkness, the King’s plan, Aida’s conflicted heart and Radamès’ steadfast love collide in a devastating finale.

This is a story of love so strong it defies enemy lines. This is a story of a kingdom in triumph and a nation in chains. This is a story of betrayal.

Not afraid of spoilers? Read the full synopsis.

Cast & Creative

Director & Choreographer
Revival Director
Assistant Director
Danielle Maas
Set Design
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Digital Content Designer
The King
High Priestess

Opera Australia Chorus & Opera Queensland Chorus

Queensland Symphony Orchestra

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Strategic Government Partners

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Tourism & Events Queensland

Presenting Partners

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Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Orchestra Partner

Queensland Symphony Orchestra


Dr. Haruhisa Handa; The International Foundation for Arts and Culture