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Aida

Verdi

Aida

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseJuly 18 – August 31, 2018
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Wed 18.7.18
7:30 PM
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Sat 21.7.18
1:00 PM
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Tue 24.7.18
7:30 PM
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Thu 26.7.18
7:30 PM
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Sat 28.7.18
7:30 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Wed 1.8.18
7:30 PM
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Sat 4.8.18
1:00 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Tue 7.8.18
7:30 PM
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Thu 9.8.18
7:30 PM
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Sat 11.8.18
7:30 PM
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Mon 13.8.18
7:30 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Thu 16.8.18
7:30 PM
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Sat 18.8.18
7:30 PM
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Mon 20.8.18
7:30 PM
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Wed 22.8.18
7:30 PM
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Sat 25.8.18
1:00 PM
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Mon 27.8.18
7:30 PM
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Wed 29.8.18
7:30 PM
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Fri 31.8.18
7:30 PM
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New production

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.

Verdi’s monumental, transcendent music makes this historic epic a perennial favourite. Our new production comes from the celebrated Italian director Davide Livermore. 

He is renowned for high-tech, projected sets so tangible, it’s hard to believe they are just light and shadow. Immersive, impressive, intimate — this is the future of spectacle on stage.

Thrilling young conductor Andrea Battistoni returns to lead this production. Three magnificent casts perform Verdi’s difficult leads. You don’t want to miss the stunning soprano of Amber Wagner, paired with Elena Gabouri as Amneris and Riccardo Massi as Radamès.

Later in the season, rising star Natalie Aroyan takes on her dream role, and Clémentine Margaine, Milijana Nikolic, Diego Torre and Yonghoon Lee join the all-star lineup.


Conductor Andrea Battistoni (until 9 Aug)
  Pier Giorgio Morandi (from 11 Aug)
Director & Choreographer Davide Livermore
Set Designer GIOFORMA &
David Livermore
Costume Designer Gianluca Falaschi
Lighting Designer John Rayment
Video Designer D-Walk
Assistant Director Matthew Barclay
   
Aida Amber Wagner (until 9 Aug)
  Natalie Aroyan (from 11 Aug)
Amneris Elena Gabouri (until 9 Aug)
  Clémentine Margaine (11, 16, 20, 22, 25, 27 Aug)
  Milijana Nikolic (13, 18, 29, 31 Aug)
Radamès Riccardo Massi (18, 21, 26 Jul; 1, 7, 13, 18, 22, 27 Aug)
  Yonghoon Lee (11, 16, 20, 25, 29, 31 Aug)
  Diego Torre (24, 28 Jul; 4, 9 Aug)
Amonasro Warwick Fyfe (until 9 Aug)
  Michael Honeyman (from 11 Aug)
Ramfis Roberto Scandiuzzi
High Priestess Jane Ede

Opera Australia Chorus

Opera Australia Orchestra


Running time: approximately 3 hours, including one interval.


Sung in Italian with English and Simplified Chinese surtitles.


Production Partner

Susan & Isaac Wakil

The StoryHide

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.

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