Opera by Giuseppe Verdi in two acts.
Premiere at the Estonian National Opera on January 22, 2016
Conductors: Vello Pähn, Jüri Alperten, Risto Joost
Stage Director: Tobias Kratzer (Germany)
Designer: Rainer Sellmaier (Germany)
Egyptians are at war with the Ethiopians. Radames, the leader of Egyptian armies, is in love with a war prisoner, Ethiopan princess Aida, who has to choose between love for her country or love for Radames. The daughter of the pharaoh, Amneris, is also in love with Radames. As a punishment for his forbidden love, Radames is claimed a traitor and enclosed in his forefathers’ tomb.
Stage director Tobias Kratzer: „Verdi’s masterpiece „Aida“ is a suspenseful thriller of love and betrayal. It is as close to the splendours of Grand Opèra as it is to the psychological depths of Henrik Ibsen. “Aida” is probably most famous for the Triumphal March that welcomes Radames back from war as a winner – slaves and elephants included. But being a chamber piece at heart, the opera’s “ancient Egyptian setting” turns out to be less a real location than a symbol for the states of mind of its characters: their phantasies of magnificence, their military vigour, their love being larger than life.“