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The work was made to order (commissioned by the Egyptian viceroy and opera lover Ismail Pasha) for the ceremonial opening of the Suez Canal (November 17, 1869), although Verdi only started writing it after its opening.

Verdi endowed the story of the Ethiopian princess Aida, imprisoned as a slave at the court of Egyptian pharaohs and living out her tragic amorous relationship to an Egyptian chieftain, with fervent music. He created a musical drama full of fairy-tale fantasy yet at the same time realistically convincing. Aida became one of the most renowned opera works ever.
Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes with 1 intermission
Performed in Italian with Czech and English captions

Aida – Giuseppe Verdi
State Opera Prague
Premiere: Januar 14, 1988
Libretto: Antonio Ghislanzoni
Conductor: Enrico Dovico, Richard Hein, Jiří Mikula, Jaroslav Kyzlink
Stage director: Petar Selem
Sets: Hafiz Abdel Farghali
Costumes: Josef Jelínek
Chorus master: Tvrtko Karlovič, Adolf Melichar
Choreography: Otto Šanda
Aida: Anda-Louise Bogza / Jordanka Derilova / Jitka Svobodová
Radami: Alexander Schulz / Michal Lhotský / Alexander Schulz
Amneris: Galia Ibragimova / Veronika Hajnová
Amonasro: Richard Haan / Jakub Kelner / Vladimír Chmelo / Martin Bárta / Miguelangelo Cavalcanti
King of Egypt: Milan Berger / Oleg Korotkov / Ladislav Mlejnek
Ramfis: Miloš Horák / Oleg Korotkov / Jiří Sulženko
Messenger: Lubomír Havlák / Jiří Hruška
Priestess: Dagmar Vaňkátová / Jana Sibera / Hana JonášováOrchestra and Chorus of the State Opera

© Státní Opera, Oldřich Pernica, Daniel Jäger

© Státní Opera, Oldřich Pernica, Daniel Jäger

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