SUNGENT SPONSORS: AIDA
演出时间Time&Date︱ 2017.10.27-28 19:30
演出地点Venue︱苏州文化艺术中心大剧院Suzhou Grand Theatre
演出票价Ticket Price ︱680/480/280/180/80
指挥 Conductor | 许忠 XU Zhong
上海歌剧院交响乐团&合唱团|Shanghai Opera HouseOrchestra &Chorus
苏州交响乐团|Suzhou Symphony Orchestra
Opera by Giuseppe Verdi
Aida is a phenomenal chapter in the history of opera. Isma’il Pasha, Khedive of Egypt, commissioned Giuseppe Verdi to write an opera for performance to celebrate the opening of the Khedivial Opera House, it was then this opera in four acts with seven scenes came into being. Set in Egypt, it was commissioned by and first performed at Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House on 24 December 1871.
Aida has the magnificent and regal heroic style. Its complicated story, flowing rhythm and spectacular scenes win the heart of numerous audiences. It has become an enduring classical opera over the hundred years on the stage of opera. What’s more, Aida continues to be the most-performed operas worldwide with the most versions.
As the representative work at Verdi’s middle-late period, Aida has not only the brilliant and meaningful scenes, but also the laudable vocal part which describes the mood, character and dramatic conflicts. Verdi’s mastery in music and drama are in full display throughout this opera.
Synopsis–A love tragedy in Egypt
Aida describes the war between Egypt and Ethiopia; the love between the enslaved Ethiopian princess Aida and an Egyptian military commander Radamès.
Ancient Egypt, during the Pharaoh era, the Egyptian commander is fighting against the Ethiopian King Amonasro. Amneris, the daughter of the Egyptian King loves Radamès. However, Radamès is dreaming both of gaining victory on the battlefield, and of Aida, the Ethiopian slave, with whom he is secretly in love. Aida, who is also secretly in love with Radamès, is the captured daughter of the Ethiopian King Amonasro.
Dances and music to celebrate Radamès' victory take place. Radamès returns victorious and the troops march into the city. Aida recognizes her father, the Ethiopian King Amonasro, among the captives. Aida, Amonasro, and the captured Ethiopians plead with the Egyptian King for mercy, while the Egyptian King is busy preparing his daughter’s marriage.
Radamès feels painful, on one hand, he doesn’t want to marry the Egyptian princess, on the other hand, he is worried about Aida’s safety. In order to keep the two countries from long-term hostility, and for love as well, he decides to set Amonasro and Aida free. Unexpectedly, Amneris who is spying on Radamès, discovers their escape.
Radamès is sentenced to be buried alive. Aida doesn’t want to remain alive alone, so she goes to the vault and decides to die in Radamès arms.