• Aida © Matthias Jung
  • Aida © Matthias Jung
  • Aida © Matthias Jung
  • Aida © Matthias Jung
  • Aida © Matthias Jung
  • Aida © Matthias Jung
  • Aida © Matthias Jung
  • Aida © Matthias Jung
  • Aida © Matthias Jung
  • Aida © Matthias Jung
  • Aida © Matthias Jung
  • Aida © Matthias Jung

Giuseppe Verdi

Aida

17. February 2018 - 22. June 2018

ACT 1
The head priest Ramfis awaits news of the latest Ethiopian attack on the Egyptians. Radamès hopes to be given the job of leading the Egyptian army. He is also secretly in love with the Ethiopian slave Aida. However, Aida has a powerful rival in the Egyptian Pharaoh’s daughter Amneris. In response to the latest reports, the Egyptian king declares war on Ethiopia and announces that Radamès has been chosen to lead the army. All hail Radamès. Only Aida is torn between her love for Radamès and her links to her people, whose leader is her father Amonasro.

In a religious ceremony, Radamès is blessed as a General.


ACT 2
The Egyptians have won the battle. Amneris prepares for the victory celebrations. By lying that Radamès has died on the battlefield, she makes Aida reveal the secret of her love.

Victory over the Ethiopians is marked by a triumphal procession. Radamès petitions for the release of the Ethiopian prisoners, among whom Aida recognizes her father Amonasro. His request is granted. However, Ramfis demands that Aida and Amonasro remain behind as hostages. The king rewards Radamès by offering him Amneris’s hand in marriage. The couple are hailed as Egypt’s future rulers.


ACT 3
Aida waits in secret for her lover Radamès. However, she is surprised by her father Amonasro. He commands her to make Radamès tell her the Egyptians’ battle plan. Aida urges Radamès to flee with her. After some initial hesitation, Radamès agrees an escape route with Aida and in doing so accidentally lets slip the Egyptians’ secret battle plan. Amonasro, who has been listening to them both, is triumphant. Amneris and Ramfis block the path of the fleeing couple. Yet Amonasro is able to get away together with Aida. Radamès surrenders.


ACT 4
Amneris hopes to be able to rescue Radamès. He has to justify himself before the court and swear to her never to see Aida again. But to Radamès, a life without Aida seems meaningless. He is taken before the court. Amneris hears the death sentence. She curses the priests.

Sentenced to be buried alive, Radamès awaits his death. Aida has secretly stolen into his grave to be able to die together with him.

Amneris is left on her own to pray for the dead.

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