Saturday, August 19, 2017 - Start: 8:00 PM

Opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi (Salzburg Festival 2017, Großes Festspielhaus – in Italian). A co-production by ORF, ZDF/ARTE, NHK and UNITEL

Anna Netrebko sings the role of Verdi‘s Aida
Anna Netrebko sings the role of Verdi‘s Aida
After the war is before the war. For one war follows another: wars between neighbouring states, between powerful elites and potentates. Of course these demand action and loyalty from their subjects. There is no room left for individual life plans, morals or even feelings. Instead, man is destroyed between the various interests of those in power. That is the story which Verdi’s opera Aida tells. The fact that Aida had its successful world premiere in 1871 at the Cairo Opera House, brand-new at the time, is well-known. The perennial claim that it was written for the opening of the Suez Canal, however, is untrue. In fact, Verdi inquired about Egyptian geography, religious traditions and antique musical instruments while preparing to write Aida. Anyone with an open ear for Verdi’s music, however, knows that the composer was not out to provide a musical history, but, as was his custom, to criticize unfeeling and intolerant society, this time in an Egyptian guise.


Conductor: Riccardo Muti | Director: Shirin Neshat | Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic | Duration: 150 minutes | Featuring: Anna Netrebko (Aida), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Amneris), Francesco Meli (Radamès), Roberto Tagliavini (King), Dmitry Belosselskiy (Ramfis), Luca Salsi (Amonasro), Bror Magnus Tødenes (Messenger)