Arts & Culture
Aïda: The Ethiopian princess in love with her Egyptian captor
01 June 2023
Royal Opera House, Main Stage | £12 – £280
Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD
Princess Aida has been kidnapped: a valuable prize in a war between Egypt and Ethiopia. Meanwhile, the ambitious soldier Radames wrestles with his feelings for her. As they draw closer together, each must make an agonising choice between their loyalty to home, and their love for each other.
In this new production, director Robert Carsen situates Verdi’s large-scale political drama within a contemporary world, framing its power struggles and toxic jealousies in the apparatus of a modern, totalitarian state. Antonio Pappano and Mark Elder conduct Verdi’s glorious, monumental score.
Two great casts are lined up for performances in the autumn and in the early summer. The Russian soprano Elena Stikhina, most recently seen at Covent Garden in the title role of Tosca, now takes on the title role of Aïda, a captured Ethiopian princess (25 Sept to 12 Oct). She is followed into the role by American soprano Angel Blue (5 May to 1 June).
Performances will be shown 5pm and 7pm from 25th September 2022 – 1st June 2023.
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Image of Angel Blue. Credit: The Royal Opera House