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Total duration 3 h 5 min
1 intermission (25 min)
8 performances
6.4.2019 – 4.5.2019
Operas
Main auditorium
Performed in italian
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English

Times change, Aida remains

Aïda

Love for Aida leads Radamès, Captain of the Egyptian Guard, to betray his country. The lovers are only united in death.

Aida is the definition of a timeless opera classic. Year to year, its music moves the audience, and its social themes have remained current throughout history. The critically-acclaimed production of the Finnish National Opera alludes not only to the reign of the pharaohs, but also to the conflicts of the modern world. Aida is best known for its spectacular drama and enormous crowd scenes, but in all its majesty, it is also an intimate depiction of forbidden love.

Recommended for children over the age of 12. Tickets on sale 9th October 2018.

Music that incites emotions

Aïda

A maestro’s masterly feat

The Egyptian setting inspired the master composer Giuseppe Verdi to create magnificent music. With its countless catchy motifs and inciting themes, Aida is clearly the work of an experienced music maestro. The Triumphal March with its glorious trumpets is one of the most rousing scenes in the world of opera. No wonder that the music of Aida traverses time.

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Aïda

”Verdi tackles the pain points of society and human relationships, and longing and love. He condenses the essence of life into the secret code of his magnificent art. The apparent simplicity of his music is what makes it uniquely timeless.

– Director Georg Rootering

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Synopsis

Aida, the daughter of the King of Ethiopia, is enslaved in the court of Egypt, and Radamès is secretly in love with her. Meanwhile, the daughter of the Egyptian king, Amneris, loves Radamès and senses that Aida is her rival. The Ethiopians invade Egypt and Radamès is named to lead the Egyptian army.

Radamès is victorious, and Amneris waits for his triumphant return. The King of Egypt promises Radamès Amneris’s hand in marriage, and the wedding soon follows.

Aida and Radamès have a secret encounter before the wedding. When Radamès reveals his plans to Aida, Amonasro steps forward and wants them to escape together. Amneris discovers that her beloved has betrayed his country, its gods and her. As she summons the soldiers, Amonasro escapes with Aida, but Radamès allows himself to be imprisoned.

Amneris is desperate. Her rival has escaped and her beloved is accused of treason. She offers to rescue Radamès if only he gives up Aida. Radamès refuses, not wanting to live without Aida. He is sentenced to death, and while he awaits his execution in the temple, Aida secretly enters the building. Radamès and Aida bid farewell to life together.

A full synopsis and background information are available in the programme booklet.

Aïda

“German Bernd Franke has had an enormous, hotelesque palace built onstage. Decorated with Egyptian motifs, it shimmers in deep, splendid hues of blue and gold, the colours of the artists of ancient Egypt.”

– Helsingin Sanomat

Creative team

Säveltäjä
Giuseppe Verdi
Director
Georg Rootering
Sets
Bernd Franke
Costumes
Götz Lanzelot Fischer
Lighting design
Ilkka Paloniemi
Choreography
Marilena Fontoura

Cast

Performances and tickets

3 h 5 min
1 intermission (25 min)
8 performances
6.4.2019 – 4.5.2019
Operas
Main auditorium
Performed in italian
Surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English
Sat 6.4.2019
at 19:30
not yet available
Wed 10.4.2019
at 19:00
not yet available
Fri 12.4.2019
at 19:00
not yet available
Wed 24.4.2019
at 19:00
not yet available
Fri 26.4.2019
at 19:00
not yet available
Tue 30.4.2019
at 19:00
not yet available
Thu 2.5.2019
at 19:00
not yet available
Sat 4.5.2019
at 19:00
not yet available

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