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Aida Aida

Composed by Giuseppe Verdi

Conducted by James Conlon

May 21 – June 12

Production new to Los Angeles

At the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

She must choose between her heart and her homeland in Verdi's epic love story

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  • Your once-in-a-decade chance to see this spectacular opera
  • A lavish new production with designs by LA street artist RETNA
  • Hear some of opera's most famous music, including the bold, brassy "Triumphal March"

 "Powerhouse voices and a plush production."

Los Angeles Times

An opera this grand only comes around once a decade. Verdi's Aida returns to our stage in a lavish new-to-LA production featuring a full chorus, orchestra, ballet, and stunning designs from iconic LA artist RETNA.

Latonia Moore and Russell Thomas star as secret lovers from rival kingdoms in this timeless romance, directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by James Conlon. With some of the most famous music in all of opera and a gorgeous take on ancient Egypt, this lavish spectacle is the one you've been waiting for.

Featuring projected English translations above the stage

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Live Pre-Performance Lectures Return - on 2nd floor, 1 Hour before the performance
Maestro James Conlon’s popular pre-show lecture will return to being presented live, one hour before the performance time in Stern Grand Hall (2nd Floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion). There will be limited seating in Stern Grand Hall, and masks will be required to be worn at all times while inside the venue. For those who prefer to remain outside, the audio of the lecture will be broadcast on the outdoor balcony of the 2nd floor, or you may also watch a pre-recorded version of the lecture on your phone. Look for details on signs throughout the plaza.  

Cast

Aida
Latonia Moore
Amneris
Melody Moore
Radames
Russell Thomas
Amonasro
George Gagnidze
Ramfis
Morris Robinson
Ramfis (June 4)
Daniel Sumegi
Priestess
Alaysha Fox
King of Egypt
Peixin Chen
Messenger

Creative Team

Conductor
James Conlon
Director
Francesca Zambello
Artistic Design
RETNA
Scenery
Michael Yeargan
Costumes
Anita Yavich
Lighting
Mark McCullough
Chorus
Grant Gershon
Choreographer
Jessica Lang

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Synopsis

Act One
The opera takes place in ancient Egypt. Inside the royal palace in Memphis, the priest Ramfis informs Radames, the captain of the guards, that Ethiopian forces are preparing to attack; the goddess Isis has chosen a leader to command the Egyptian army. Radames hopes to be that man. His thoughts quickly turn to his beloved Aida, an Ethiopian woman who has been brought to Egypt as a slave after being captured during a previous battle. Amneris, the daughter of the king of Egypt, enters; she loves Radames, but suspects that Aida may be her rival for Radames’ heart.  A fanfare signals the arrival of the king, who announces that Radames has been chosen to lead the Egyptians into battle. The assembled company celebrates and then leaves to pray for the gods’ protection. Alone, Aida ponders her situation. She is torn between her loyalty to her native land and her love for Radames. She offers a solemn prayer, imploring the gods for understanding. Inside the temple, Ramfis calls on Radames to defend Egypt and the priests invoke divine protection.

Act Two
Amneris waits in her chambers for Radames’ return from battle, hoping that she will win his love. When Aida enters, Amneris tricks the slave into revealing her true feelings for Radames. Amneris then tells Aida that she too loves Radames. As fanfares herald the return of the victorious army, the gloating Amneris leaves Aida in despair. The army enters Thebes in triumph. Radames enters and the king offers him anything he desires. The Ethiopian captives are led in, including Aida’s father, Amonasro. Disguised as a common soldier, Amonasro signals Aida not to reveal his identity as king of Ethiopia. Ramfis and the other priests insist that the Ethiopian prisoners be put to death, but Radames chooses their release as his reward. The king consents under the condition that Aida and her father remain in Egypt. The king awards Amneris’ hand in marriage to the young victor as well, and Amneris exits triumphantly with Radames.

Act Three
Moonlight shimmers on the Nile as a hymn praising the goddess Isis is heard from her temple. Amneris comes to the temple to pray on the eve of her marriage to Radames, while Radames has arranged a clandestine meeting with Aida nearby. As Aida waits for him, she remembers her homeland, despairing that she will never see it again. Amonasro appears. He is mounting another offensive against the Egyptians and he needs Aida to get Radames to reveal the Egyptian army’s plans. Aida struggles between her duty to her people and her love for Radames. She reluctantly agrees to help her father. Amonasro hides when Radames arrives. Aida convinces him to flee with her rather than marry Amneris and, at the last moment, she gets him to reveal the path the Egyptian army will take. Amonasro appears, declaring that the Ethiopians will meet the Egyptians and destroy them. Father and daughter try to convince Radames to flee with them when they are discovered by Amneris and Ramfis, who are leaving the temple. When Amonasro tries to kill Amneris, Radames comes to her defense. Aida and Amonasro flee, and Radames surrenders as a traitor.

Act Four
The Ethiopians have been beaten again, and Amonasro has been killed during battle; Aida has disappeared. Amneris tries to find a way to save Radames, who is standing trial for treason. Still in love with him and knowing that he is not a traitor, she begs him to defend himself, but he is resigned to his fate. Only news that Aida is still alive brings him comfort. The priests sentence him to be buried alive. Amneris begs for clemency, but the priests are adamant. As the priests seal him inside a tomb, Radames’ thoughts turn to Aida. She emerges from the shadows, for she has anticipated his fate and chosen to join him in death. As Amneris prays for Radames in the temple, the entombed lovers bid the world farewell.

Running time: approximately three hours and 10 minutes, including one intermission

Performed in Italian with English subtitles

Click here to read James Conlon's program note.

Click here to read the digital program.

Production made possible with generous support from The Emanuel Treitel Senior Citizen Fund, Alfred and Claude Mann Fund, Marilyn Ziering and the National Endowment for the Arts

Additional support from the Norman and Sadie Lee Foundation and The Armenian Consortium

Special gifts for Aida from LA Opera Patrons

A co-production of Washington National Opera, San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera and Minnesota Opera

Important COVID-19 Audience Policy Update:
LA Opera has adopted a temporary vaccination-only policy in addition to requiring masks. These guidelines will be in effect beginning September 1, 2021 and will end as soon as they are deemed no longer necessary. Please click here to review all protocols.

New Breathe Easy Section
Pending availability, LA Opera has made some seats available in certain sections where the seat next to you and your party could be blocked off. Seats in our Breathe Easy Section are extremely limited and available only by calling the Box Office at 213.972.8001 

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