Giuseppe Verdi

Aida


Opera in three parts, in Italian with Hungarian surtitles

In 1869, the viceroy of Egypt contacted Verdi in the hopes of acquiring a musical work for the opening of the Suez Canal. The composer did not take on the assignment. The viceroy later contacted him again: wouldn’t he like to write an opera for the opening of the Cairo Opera House? The Italian maestro agreed, and commenced work on Aida.

The opera takes place in the age of the pharaohs, when Egypt was in the process of conquering Ethiopia. The plot of Aida is an example of the human dilemma, of political and personal conflicts. The war produces extreme and dramatic situations that simply cannot be solved. What is a person to do when forced to turn traitor to for the sake of one’s love? How is it possible to obey one’s father, so that he too does not betray the lover? In the sumptuous halls of the monumental palace, it’s possible to feel just as lonely as when standing completely alone in the middle of the desert.

It wasn’t the exoticism of the world of the pharaohs that excited Verdi. He dedicated Aida to the celebration of universal harmony and peace among nations, with all the pomp and ceremony that such a celebratory event deserved. The work was not ready for the opening, and was only premiered in 1871. Two years later, Egypt again declared war on Ethiopia.

János Mohácsi is one of the key figures in Hungarian theatre. This production, which retires the classic Aida from 22 years ago, will mark his debut as an opera director.

In 1869, the viceroy of Egypt contacted Verdi in the hopes of acquiring a musical work for the opening of the Suez Canal. The composer did not take on the assignment. The viceroy later contacted him again: wouldnt he like to write an opera for the opening of the Cairo Opera House? The Italian maestro agreed, and commenced work on Aida

 

The opera takes place in the age of the pharaohs, when Egypt was in the process of conquering Ethiopia. The story of the Ethiopian princess cast into slavery is an example of the human dilemma, of political and personal conflicts. The war produces extreme and dramatic situations that simply cannot be solved. What is a person to do when forced to turn traitor for the sake of ones love? How is it possible to obey ones father, so that he too does not betray the lover? In the sumptuous halls of the monumental palace, one can feel just as lonely as when standing completely alone in the middle of the desert. 

 

It wasnt the exoticism of the world of the pharaohs that excited Verdi. He dedicated Aida to the celebration of universal harmony and peace among nations, with all the pomp and ceremony that such a celebratory event deserved. The work was not ready for the opening, and was only premiered in 1871. Two years later, Egypt again declared war on Ethiopia. 

 

János Mohácsi is one of the key figures of Hungarian theatre. This production marks his debut as an opera director. 

 


General cast

Conductor
Gergely Kesselyák
The King of Egypt
István Kovács / Miklós Sebestyén
Amneris
Erika Gál / Ildikó Komlósi
Aida
Csilla Boross / Eszter Sümegi
Radames
Fabio Sartori / Attila Fekete
Ramfis
András Palerdi / Péter Fried
Amonasro
Anatolij Fokanov / Mihály Kálmándi
The High Priestess
Melinda Heiter / Szilvia Vörös
A messenger
Gergely Boncsér

Creators

Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist
Antonio Ghislanzoni
Director
János Mohácsi
Choreographer
András Nádasdy
Set Designer
Zsolt Khell
Costume Designer
Krisztina Remete
Choir Master
Kálmán Strausz
Dramaturg
Enikő Perczel