Composer Giuseppe Verdi.

Opera in four acts - 1871
recommended for 14 years and older

Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni based on a plot by Auguste Mariette Bey and a scenario by Camille Du Locle.
In Italian with German and English subtitles. New Production.

Recording from the Nationaltheatre on Sunday, 23. July 2023

Duration est. 3 hours 05 minutes


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ConductorDaniele Rustioni
ProductionDamiano Michieletto
Set DesignPaolo Fantin
Costume DesignCarla Teti
ChoreographyThomas Wilhelm
LightingAlessandro Carletti
ChorusesJohannes Knecht
DramaturgyKatharina Ortmann Mattia Palma
AmnerisJudit Kutasi
AidaElena Stikhina
RadamèsBrian Jagde
RamfisAlexander Köpeczi
AmonasroGeorge Petean
Der KönigAlexandros Stavrakakis
Ein BoteJames Ley
Eine PriesterinElmira Karakhanova
Bayerisches Staatsorchester Bayerischer Staatsopernchor and Extrachor der Bayerischen Staatsoper



Director Damiano Michieletto and set designer Paolo Fantin have been working together since their collaboration for the Graz Ring Award in 2004. Costume designer Carla Teti has also been part of the team since 2004. Together they have created works for opera houses in Italy, the Netherlands, Zurich, London, Salzburg, Vienna, Paris and Berlin. Lighting designer Alessandro Carletti has also been part of Michieletto's creative circle since 2008.

At the podium of the new Aida production is Milan's Daniele Rustioni, a specialist in the Italian repertoire that has already taken him to the world's great opera houses – from New York to Milan and beyond. In Munich, he has been Principal Guest conductor since 2021, where he has staged both productions of works by Verdi, Puccini and Berlioz and various concerts.


In the midst of a society dealing with the aftermath of war and its resurgence, director Damiano Michieletto and musical director Daniele Rustioni narrate the intimate love triangle between Aida, Radamès and Amneris.

A group of people seek shelter in devastated places that once brought joy and lightness. Destruction encroaches further, determining life, both external and internal. As commander Radamès must assume responsibility, a burden he is not equipped for. When the famous triumphal march celebrates victory, the images of death and war will not leave him, he is a traumatized man. The two women are also scarred by war and displacement. For Aida the situation means the loss of her roots, her family and the destruction of her love. Amneris also dreams of a different future. And in the end, the question is: What might all their lives have been without war?

The Aida performance of 23.07.2023 will be broadcasted live on Max-Joseph-Platz, as part of Opera for all! Everyone is welcome and the event is free!