Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni after the scenario by François Auguste Ferdinand Mariette
Musical Director of the production: Alexander Vedernikov
Stage Director: Igor Ushakov
Stage Designer, Lighting Designer: Marius Nekrošius
Costume Designer: Nadezhda Gultyaeva
Videocontent: Vadim Dulenko
Choreographer: Maria Bolshakova
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Chorus: Vladimir Stolpovskikh
Chorus Masters: Alexey Dmitriev, Sergey Tsyplenkov
Principal Pianist: Natalia Dudik
Pianists: Alexander Pakuev, Yana Zubova, Marc Vayner, Irina Daineko
Assistant to Musical Director: Andrey Petrenko
Assistant to Stage Director: Yulia Prokhorova
Assistant to Lighting Designer: Alexander Kibitkin
Music Style Consultant: Massimiliano Bullo
Consultant in the Italian Language: Daria Mitrofanova
Surtitles: Margarita Kunitsyna-Tankevich
Stage Manager: Olga Kokh
Assistant to Stage Manager: Elena Piskunova
opera in four acts
music by Giuseppe Verdi
Premiere of the production: 25 November 2019
Slaves, commanders, and kings — all are equal in the face of love, jealousy, a longing for home, or a thirst for victory. Aida crystallizes vast musical riches and white-hot passions. Written for a theatre in Cairo to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal, this opera, based on a story from the time of the pharaohs, is recognized as an unqualified masterpiece. The Mikhailovsky Theatre’s production defers to Verdi’s original score. The stage setting, metaphorical and elegant, highlights the principal characters’ profound emotions and serves as an exquisite background for the music of a genius.
The high priest Ramfis tells the chief guard Radamès that the Ethio-pian army is preparing another attack against Egypt. The goddess Isis has already chosen the Egyptian commander, but his name is kept in secret. Radamès hopes that he is to command the Egyptian army. He is in love with Aida, an Ethiopian girl enslaved by the Egyptians, and he believes that victory in the war would enable him to free her.
Princess Amneris, the king’s daughter, loves Radamès, and when the three meet, she jealously senses his feelings for Aida.
A messenger tells the King of Egypt that the Ethiopians are advanc-ing. The king names Radamès to lead the army, and all join in a patriotic anthem. Left alone, Aida is torn between her love for Radamès and loyalty to her native country, where her father, Amonasro, is king. She prays to the gods for mercy.
Radamès awaits trial as a traitor, believing Aida to be dead. Am-neris tells him that Aida has survived and offers to save him if he renounces Aida, but Radamès does not want to live without her. When he is brought before the priests, he refuses to answer their ac-cusations and is condemned to be buried alive.
Radamès has been taken into the lower floor of the temple and sealed up in a dark vault, where he thinks that he is alone. As he hopes that his beloved is in a safer place, he sees Aida, who has hid-den here to share his fate. Priestesses and priests solemnly sing in the temple above. Aida and Radamès express their love for the last time while Amneris prays for Radamès’s soul.