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Opera

Aida

Giuseppe Verdi

An engrossing operatic wartime drama of love and betrayal set in Ancient Egypt.

The State Opera
English surtitles

Basic information

Venue

The State Opera

Approximate running time

2 hours 45 minutes, 1 intermission (20 minutes) minutes

Language

In Italian, surtitles in Czech, English

Premiere

June 2, 1994

An authentic Egyptian colour was given to the scenery by the renowned Egyptian painter Hafíz Abdel Farghali.

Aida is one of Giuseppe Verdi’s best-known works. Depicting the romantic love story of the Egyptian warrior Radames and the slave Aida, daughter of the Ethiopian King Amonasro, against the backdrop of a military conflict, it has been a repertoire staple of theatres worldwide ever since its triumphant premiere at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo in 1871.

Cast

  • 2023-2024
  • 2024-2025

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External Chorus 
State opera Orchestra
National Theatre Opera Ballet

The opera has mesmerised music lovers with its lavish scenery and exquisite costumes, magnificent collective scenes, as well as intimate personal drama. Aida has to decide between being loyal to her country and dedicating herself to a man who is one of the oppressors of her nation. The dilemma of choosing between love and duty is also faced by Radames, who ultimately betrays his homeland because of Aida.

Verdi wrote Aida on the basis of the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette’s scenario, conceived to commission from Ismail Pasha, Viceroy of Egypt, for the inauguration of the Suez Canal. Impressed by the plot, Verdi travelled to Egypt so as to get a feel for the country and its culture. After returning to Italy, he had Ancient Egyptian “Aida trumpets” made in Milan which he would employ in the famous Triumphal March.

The current State Opera  production premiered in 1994. A genuine Egyptian colour was afforded to the sets by the renowned Egyptian painter Hafíz Abdel Farghali, whose work uniquely projects Ancient Pharaoh-ruled Egypt’s heritage on the modern-time civilisation.

Suitable for audience from 10 years.

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    Aida Programme

    A booklet for the production of Aida

    70 Kč

    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in JuneNovember 2024.


    When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

    What to wear?

    By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

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    While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 60 CZK/h.

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