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Update: 16 July 2021

We’re saddened to advise that all performances of Aida, Attila and Otello will not be going ahead this July and August due to the evolving COVID-19 situation and the NSW Government’s extended stay-at-home orders.

Each production is being postponed to a future season, so audiences will have an opportunity to see these wonderful works on stage. Ticket holders will be contacted.


Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney


Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Running time

Approximately 2 hours & 50 minutes, including one interval.

Please note

This production contains partial nudity and a bright lighting effect during Act 3.

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.

Lorenzo Passerini and Tahu Matheson conduct two magnificent casts. Sensational American soprano Leah Crocetto performs as the enslaved princess, Aida, before Elena Guseva takes over. Elena Gabouri reprises her critically acclaimed turn as Aida’s rival, Amneris, sharing the role with the stunning Agnieszka Rehlis.

Italian tenor Stefano La Colla performs as Radamès, the man they both love, sharing the role with Najmiddin Mavlyanov, making his Opera Australia debut.

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

Time Out

Cast & Creative

Lorenzo Passerini (22 June; 10, 13, 15, 17, 24 July)
Tahu Matheson (31 July; 3, 5, 11, 13 August)
Director & Choreographer
Revival Director & Choreographer
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Digital Content Designer
Lighting Designer
Assistant Director
Leah Crocetto (22 June; 10, 13, 15, 17, 24 July)
Elena Guseva (31 July; 3, 5, 11, 13 August)
Elena Gabouri (22 June; 10, 13, 15, 17, 24 July)
Agnieszka Rehlis (31 July; 3, 5, 11, 13 August)
Stefano La Colla (22 June; 10, 13, 15, 17, 24 July)
Najmiddin Mavlyanov (31 July; 3, 5, 11, 13 August)
Warwick Fyfe (22 June; 10, 13, 15, 17, 24 July)
Michael Honeyman (31 July; 3, 5, 11, 13 August)
Daniel Sumegi (22 June; 10, 13, 15, 17, 24 July)
David Parkin (31 July; 3, 5, 11, 13 August)
High Priestess
Dean Bassett (22 June; 10, 13, 15, 17, 24 July)
Thomas Strong (31 July; 3, 5, 11, 13 August)

Opera Australia Orchestra & Opera Australia Chorus

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…

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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 or call 02 9685 3700. For more information about going to the opera, check out our ultimate guide.

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Aida at Arts Centre Melbourne (2021)

Photo: Jeff Busby

Aida at Arts Centre Melbourne (2021)

Photo: Jeff Busby

Aida at Arts Centre Melbourne (2021)

Photo: Jeff Busby

Aida at Arts Centre Melbourne (2021)

Photo: Jeff Busby

Aida at Arts Centre Melbourne (2021)

Photo: Jeff Busby

Aida at Arts Centre Melbourne (2021)

Photo: Jeff Busby

Aida at Arts Centre Melbourne (2021)

Photo: Jeff Busby

Enjoy dinner before the opera

Overture Dining at Sydney Opera House

Allow us to make your dinner reservation for you: at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre. You’ll be served a themed three-course menu for just $75.

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Keeping you safe at the theatre

COVID Safety at Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House and its food and beverage venues are registered as COVID Safe businesses with the NSW Government. To ensure a safe and comfortable environment for everyone, the Opera House has made some changes to the way it operates.

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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.