Aida
Opera

Aida

Giuseppe Verdi
The State Opera
Traditional adaptation
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    September 2020

    Friday 18. 9.
    19:00

    Tickets available

    Basic information

    Venue

    The State Opera

    Approximate running time

    2 hours 45 minutes, 1 intermission 20 minutes

    Language

    In Italian, Czech, English, German subtitles

    Premiere

    June 2, 1994

    Ever since its triumphant premiere in Cairo on 24 December 1871, the opera Aida, depicting a romantic story of love and betrayal against the backdrop of a military conflict, has been a staple of the repertoire of opera houses all over the world. To commission from the Viceroy of Egypt, the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette wrote a scenario for an opera, which immediately intrigued Verdi. Paying great attention to preparing the work, whose libretto was penned by Camille du Locle, the composer even travelled to Egypt so as to further his knowledge of the country. Back in Milan, Verdi had specially made for his opera “Aida trumpets”, modelled on Ancient Egyptian instruments. .

    Creatives

    About

    The State opera Chorus and Orchestra

    The dramatic charge of the story of the Egyptian Princess Aida and the warrior Radames grows out of the inner torment of a woman who has to decide between being loyal to her country or 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.

    The current State Opera production was premiered in 1994. The renowned Egyptian painter Hafíz Abdel Farghali gave a genuine Egyptian colour to the sets which, together with Josef Jelínek’s exquisite costumes, contributed to the great success of the performances.

    The production also met with a tremendous response during the State Opera Prague’s two tours of Japan – in 2001, the role of Radames was portrayed by the world-famous artist José Cura, and in 2005 the celebrated singer Maria Guleghina performed with our company. 

    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at any of our box offices.

    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.

    Buffets at the State Opera

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    Parking at the State opera

    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 40 CZK/h.

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    Aida Programme

    A booklet for the production of Aida

    70 Kč

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