Saturday, December 8
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2hr 40mins // directed by:Shirin Neshat // featuring:Anna Netrebko, Francesco Meli

Presented by the Salzburg Festival. Giuseppe Verdi’s most intimate work, conducted by Riccardo Muti and starring Anna Netrebko.

In the history of the Salzburg Festival, Giuseppe Verdi’s popular opera Aida was performed only once, in 1979, staged and conducted by Herbert von Karajan. For its return, the Salzburg Festival assembled a superb artistic team, making this production the most sought after and over-booked in the Festival’s history.

The supreme cast was led by Anna Netrebko in the title role, directed by Iranian-born New York based visual artist Shirin Neshat and conducted by the world’s finest Verdi conductor, Riccardo Muti. While Aida is one of the most vulgarized pieces of opera literature, it is at the same time a deep reflection on the hierarchies of power. Being best-known for the sonic splendour of its famous “Triumphal Scene”, it is yet amongst Verdi’s most intimate works when focusing upon the private emotions  experienced by the three victims of a tragic love triangle: Radamès, Egypt’s victorious captain of the guard, and the two rivalling women who adore him, the Pharaoh’s daughter Amneris and her Ethiopian slave Aida.


Music by Giuseppe Verdi

Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni​ after Auguste-Édouard Mariette

Conductor: Riccardo Muti

Stage director: Shirin Neshat

Sets: Christian Schmidt

Costumes: Tatyana van Walsum

Lighting design: Reinhard Traub Choreography: Thomas Wilhelm

Video: Martin Gschlacht

Chorus master: Ernst Raffelsberger

Wiener Philharmoniker Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor


Aida: Anna Netrebko

Radamès: Francesco Meli

Il Re: Roberto Tagliavini

Amneris: Ekaterina Semenchuk

Ramfis: Dmitry Belosselskiy

Amonasro: Luca Salsi

Un messaggero: Bror Magnus Tødenes Sacerdotessa, Benedetta Torre

Presented in 4 Acts plus 1 Interval  Performed in Italian, with English subtitles