music director Gabriel Chmura
director Marek Weiss-Grzesiński
costumes Jean-Antoine Hierro
choreography Izadora Weiss
choir director Mariusz Otto
duration: 3 h 10 min., 2 intermissions
It is one of the most important operas in history, and at the same time one of the most excellent ones among the works of Verdi. The premiere of this great piece of art took place in the year 1871 in Cairo, in the first African opera house, which had been built in barely six months.
The opera includes monumental crowd scenes, perfectly constructed dramatic scenes as well as lyric scenes and chants full of captivating beauty and emotional saturation. It is a story about love, on which a curse was cast, about a romance between Aida – a pharaoh’s slave – and an Egyptian military commander – Radamès. The rival of the beautiful Aida is Amneris who fell in love with Radamès.
Jean-Antoine Hierro created a world which does not remind of popular imaginations regarding Egypt in any way, but is still imbued with its antique colour, that is, after all so much different from the ruins covered with sand that have survived to the present time.