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Giuseppe Verdi's Egyptian opera comes to life in a symbolic production by Stefano Poda.Discover
Arena di Verona
by Giuseppe Verdi | Directed by Gianfranco de Bosio
On 10 August 1913, the premiere of Aida marked the birth of the opera festival. Exactly 111 years later, that legendary performance continues to astonish audience members at the Arena.
Ancient Egypt. Love between the commander Radamès and the Ethiopian slave (actually a princess) Aida is threatened by the war between their respective peoples and the jealousy of Amneris, the pharaoh’s daughter. When Aida's father, King Amonasro, is captured, the situation takes a turn. As preparations are made for the wedding between Radamès and Amneris, Amonasro manipulates his daughter and convinces her to deceive her beloved. Shaken by the events, Aida yields to blackmail, setting off a chain of events that engulfs everyone.
“Gloria all'Egitto” and to Aida, the Arena's reigning opera, the 1913 version of which will be performed five times (from 10 August to 5 September) with set designs by Ettore Fagiuoli. Rediscovered in 1982 by Gianfranco de Bosio, this show, now the longest-running in Arena history, encourages you to immerse yourself in the vintage atmospheres of the early 1900s that accompanied the Festival's creation.
The historic 1913 rendition of the queen of the Arena.Discover