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03 Nov 2021
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05 Nov 2021
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09 Nov 2021
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Thu
11 Nov 2021
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13 Nov 2021
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Wed
17 Nov 2021
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19 Nov 2021
Venue

Lyric Theatre, Queensland Performing Arts Centre
corner Grey & Melbourne Streets, South Bank, Queensland

Language

Sung in Italian with English and Simplified Chinese surtitles.

Running time

approximately 2 hours & 50 minutes, inducing one interval.

Please note

This production contains partial nudity.

Presented by Opera Australia & Opera Queensland

This is a story of a 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.

Verdi’s monumental music makes this historic epic an enduring favourite. Davide Livermore’s radiant production is a thrilling theatrical experience.

Ten towering digital screens create ever-changing floor-to-ceiling set pieces. Immersive digital video design ranges from rich symbolism to vivid landscapes.

Opulent costumes and props reflect the splendour of Egypt at the height of its power. Together with dramatic video, the massed grandeur of the famous Triumphal March is a visual and musical feast.

Giampaolo Bisanti and Tahu Matheson conduct two magnificent casts. Sensational sopranos Leah Crocetto and Elena Guseva perform as the enslaved princess, Aida. Elena Gabouri reprises her critically acclaimed turn as Aida’s rival, Amneris, before Agnieszka Rehlis joins the cast.

Yonghoon Lee is a powerful Radamès, the man they both love, before Andeka Gorrotxategi joins the cast, following his stunning Calàf in Turandot.

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

Time Out

Artists

Conductor
Francesco Lanzillotta
Director & Choreographer
Revival Director
Set Design
Costume Designer
Digital Content Designer
Lighting Designer
Aida
Amneris
Radamès
Amonasro
Ramfis
The King
Messenger
High Priestess

Opera Australia Chorus & Opera Queensland Chorus

Queensland Symphony Ring Cycle Orchestra

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.

Aida at Sydney Opera House 2018

Photo: Prudence Upton

Aida at Sydney Opera House 2018

Photo: Prudence Upton

Aida at Sydney Opera House 2018

Photo: Prudence Upton

Aida at Sydney Opera House 2018

Photo: Prudence Upton

Aida at Sydney Opera House 2018

Photo: Prudence Upton

Aida at Sydney Opera House 2018

Photo: Prudence Upton

Aida at Sydney Opera House 2018

Photo: Prudence Upton

Aida at Sydney Opera House 2018

Photo: Prudence Upton

“As magnificent, jaw-dropping, gasp-inducing and lavish a staging as you can imagine.”

The AU Review

Aida: costume designs

See designer Gianluca Falaschi's sketches alongside the costume's intricate details

Design sketches by Gianluca Falaschi. Photo by Phillip Booth.

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This production of Aida contains nudity.

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Presenting Partners

Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Opera Queensland

Patron-in-Chief

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

Opera Australia Government Partner

Australia Council for the Arts