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2021

May

Thu
06 May 2021
Sat
08 May 2021
Mon
10 May 2021
Wed
12 May 2021
Sat
15 May 2021
Mon
17 May 2021
Wed
19 May 2021
Fri
21 May 2021
Venue

State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Language

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Running time

Approximately 2 hours & 50 minutes, including one interval.

Please note

This production contains partial nudity.

Production partner

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.

Tahu Matheson conducts a magnificent cast. Sensational American soprano Leah Crocetto performs as the enslaved princess, Aida, while Elena Gabouri reprises her critically acclaimed turn as Aida’s rival, Amneris.

Italian tenor Stefano La Colla makes his Opera Australia debut as Radamès, the man they both love.

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

Time Out

Cast & Creative

Conductor
Director & Choreographer
Revival Director
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Digital Content Designer
Lighting Designer
Assistant Director
Shaun Rennie
Aida
Amneris
Radamès
Stefano La Colla
Amonasro
Ramfis
Alexander Vinogradov (6, 8, 10, 12, 17, 19, 21 May)
David Parkin (15 May)
The King
High Priestess
Messenger

Opera Australia Chorus & Orchestra Victoria


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

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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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

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

The AU Review

Information about the content of this production

Opera is larger than life, and there are some themes and content in life, and in art, that can be challenging to engage with. We want to give you the information that you need to help decide whether a production is right for you and your family.

This production of Aida contains nudity.

There’s more information, but it contains spoilers.

If you’d like more information about what to expect or have specific questions about a production, email us at customerservice@opera.org.au or call 02 9685 3700. For more information about going to the opera, check out our ultimate guide.

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Keeping you safe at the theatre

COVID Safety at Arts Centre Melbourne

The Arts Centre Melbourne COVIDSafe & Wellbeing Plan outlines the COVID-19 safety precautions in place on site.

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