Aida: Arena di Verona

Verona, Arena di Verona

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About the Event

Relish the spectacle as Franco Zeffirelli's iconic production of Verdi's 'Aida' takes the stage at the Arena di Verona once again.

Ancient Egypt is provided with a contemporaneous backdrop by the Roman‐era arena, as Verdi's immense score, both lyrical and dramatic, plays out to its tragic end.

'Aida' is an opera in four acts composed by Giuseppe Verdi, on a libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni.

Act 1: Ramfis, High Priest of Egypt, tells Radamès that war with the Ethiopians seems inevitable. Radamès hopes that he will be chosen as the Egyptian commander, dreaming both of victory and of Aida, the Ethiopian slave, with whom he is secretly in love. Aida, who returns Radamès love, is the daughter of the Ethiopian King Amonasro, an identity hidden from her Egyptian captors.

Amneris, the daughter of Pharaoh, enters. She also loves Radamès, but fears that Aida may be her rival. Pharaoh enters, with the High Priest, and the whole court, to news that the Ethiopians are marching on Thebes. The King declares war and proclaims Radamès leader of the army.

Left alone, Aida is torn between her love for her father, her country, and Radamès.

Radamès is installed as commander‐in‐chief. The Egyptians pray for victory and protection for their warriors.

Act 2: Radamès' victory is celebrated, but Amneris doubts Radamès' love and suspects Aida is in love with him. When Aida enters the chamber, Amneris lies, telling her that Radamès has died in the battle. Shocked and grieving, Aida confesses her love for Radamès. Amneris is enraged and swears vengeance on Aida.

Radamès returns and the troops march into the city in triumph. Pharaoh declares that Radamès may have anything he wishes. The Ethiopian captives are led onstage in chains, King Amonasro among them. Amonasro proclaims to the Egyptians that the Ethiopian king has been slain in battle, and the captives plead with the Egyptian King for mercy, but Ramfis and the Egyptian priests call for the prisoners’ death. Claiming the King’s promised reward, Radamès pleads for mercy for the prisoners. The King grants Radamès' wish, declaring that Radamès will be the King's successor and will marry Amneris. Aida and Amonasro will remain hostage to ensure that the Ethiopians do not avenge their defeat.

Act 3: On the eve of Amneris and Radamès' wedding, Aida waits outside the Temple of Isis to meet Radamès. Amonasro appears and orders Aida to discover the location of the Egyptian army. Aida reluctantly agrees.

Amonasro hides behind a rock and listens to Aida and Radamès. Radamès swears that he will marry Aida and Aida convinces him to flee with her. Radamès suggests a safe route, revealing the location of his army. Amonasro comes out of hiding and reveals his identity. Radamès realizes he has unwittingly revealed a crucial military secret to the enemy.

Amneris and Ramfis leave the temple and call for the imperial guards. Amonasro draws a dagger, but Radamès disarms him. Ordering Amonasro to flee with Aida, Radamès surrenders himself to the imperial guards, who arrest him as a traitor.

Act 4:Amneris calls for the guard to bring Radamés to her, and asks him to deny the accusations, but he refuses. Ramfis recites the charges, Radamès refuses to defend himself, and is condemned to death. Amneris protests that Radamès is innocent, and pleads for mercy, but he is sentenced to be buried alive.

Radamès has been sealed in a dark vault. He hears a sound and then sees Aida, who has hidden herself in the vault in order to die with Radamès. They accept their terrible fate and bid farewell to Earth and its sorrows. Above the vault, Amneris weeps and prays to the goddess Isis. The lovers die in each other’s arms as the priests, offstage, pray to the god Ftha.

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Program

  • Verdi, Giuseppe – Aida
Program is subject to change

Cast / Production

IL RE
Sava Vemić 18, 23 June 03 July
Romano Dal Zovo 08, 16 July 05, 21, 28 August 04 September
Simon Lim 24, 28 July

AIDA
Liudmyla Monastyrska 18, 23 June 03 July 28 August 04 September
Anna Netrebko 08, 16, 28 July
Monica Conesa 24 July
Latonia Moore 05 August
Maria Teresa Leva 21 August

AMNERIS
Ekaterina Semenchuk 18, 23 June
Clémentine Margaine 03, 08 July
Anna Maria Chiuri 16, 24 July
Olesya Petrova 28 July 05, 21, 28 August 04 September

RADAMÈS
Murat Karahan 18, 23 June 24 July
Yusif Eyvazov 03, 08, 16, 28 July
Jorge de Leòn 05 August
Samuele Simoncini 21, 28 August
Fabio Sartori 04 September

RAMFIS
Ferruccio Furlanetto 18, 23 June
Gunther Groissböck 03, 08 July
Rafał Siwek 16, 24, 28 July
Michele Pertusi 05 August
Abramo Rosalen 21, 28 August

AMONASRO
Roman Burdenko 18, 23 June
Sebastian Catana 03, 24 July 21, 28 August
Ambrogio Maestri 08, 16 July
Amartuvshin Enkhbat 28 July 05 August 04 September

UN MESSAGGERO
Carlo Bosi 18, 23 June 05, 21 August
Riccardo Rados 03, 08 July 28 August 04 September
Francesco Pittari 16, 24, 28 July
Riccardo Zanellato 04 September

SACERDOTESSA
Francesca Maionchi 18, 23 June 03, 08, 16 July
Yao Bohui 24, 28 July 05, 21, 28 August 04 September

Direttore
Daniel Oren (18, 23/6 – 3/7 – 5, 21, 28/8 – 4/9)
Marco Armiliato (8, 16, 24, 28/7)
Regia e Scene
Franco Zeffirelli
Costumi
Anna Anni
Coreografia
Vladimir Vasiliev

Customer Reviews

4.6 of 5

  • ana maria l, Venezuela

    Jul 2022

    Excelent , singers,corrography, the place. I will never forget it

  • Dávid G, Hungary

    Sep 2019

    It was fantastic, professional organization and lecture

  • Eamonn D, Ireland

    Sep 2019

    Stunning Experience

  • Hazel O, United Kingdom

    Sep 2019

    Wonderful in every way!!

  • Astrid R, Australia

    Sep 2019

    Amazing — WOW what an experience — easy entry‐ we’ll organise — sound and visuals absolutely magnificent.

  • Judit S, Hungary

    Sep 2019

    Imposing spectacle,high quality singers /especially the two ladies/and musicians,amazing atmosphere!

  • Harald B, Österreich

    Sep 2019

    Mega Event echt beeindruckend top organisiert tolle Plätze gute Akustik

  • Fatma Sibel O, Turkey

    Aug 2019

    I admired the performance

  • Ray M, United Kingdom

    Aug 2019

    This was a fantastic event and worth every Cent. The production was amazing, the sets brilliant and the organisation first class with easy entry and exit from the Arena. It was hard to believe that four hours could slip past so quickly. Well done.

  • Frank d, Netherlands

    Aug 2019

    Very impressive!

  • Nicolina G, Deutschland

    Aug 2019

    🎼Tolle Atmosphäre 🎼

  • Dominic R, United Kingdom

    Jul 2019

    It was wonderful. The music and theatrical staging were inspiring.

  • Niamh C, Ireland

    Jul 2019

    Absolutely brilliant production of Aida, truly captivating staging and wonderful performers.

  • Marie U, France

    Jul 2019

    Parfait bon emplacement des places une soirée fabuleuse

  • SUMIO N, 日本

    Jul 2019

    とてもいいお席で良かったです

  • Philippe T, France

    Jul 2019

    La durée est longue, donc une fin trop tardive. L'idéal est de débuter à 20h

  • René N, France

    Jul 2019

    Bonjour Très beau spectacle, décors fabuleux, comédiens talentueux très bonne ambiance j'y retournerai pour voir un autre spectacle merci;

  • Dr. Friedrich G, Deutschland

    Jul 2019

    Extrem gute Aufführung. Sowohl was Bühnenbild und Choreographie betrifft, als auch die Leistung der Sänger und des Orchesters. Ein großartiges Erlebnis

  • Amanda D, Ireland

    Jul 2019

    It was fantastic it was well done it was easy to get to our seat we had no problems it was wonderful

  • MASAMI K, 日本

    Jun 2019

    会場に入るまではとても心配していましたが、スムーズに入場できました。スタッフも親切でお天気にも恵まれアイーダを楽しく感動して見ることが出来ました。

  • Dick S, Netherlands

    Jun 2019

    Total experience very worthwhile

  • johan f, United Kingdom

    Jun 2019

    superbly sublime

  • RODOLFO S, Chile

    Jun 2019

    Unforgatable has been at 700 presentation of Aida at Verona Arena

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Address

Arena di Verona, Piazza Bra 28, Verona, Italy — Google Maps

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