Presented by Washington National Opera
Saturday, Sept 9 at 7pm
Sunday, Sept 10 at 2pm
Wednesday, Sept 13 at 7:30pm
Friday, Sept 15 at 7:30pm|
Monday, Sept 18 at 2pm
Thursday, Sept 21 at 7pm
Saturday, Sept 23 at 7pm
The timeless conflict of duty versus desire rises like a pyramid in Verdi’s towering, impassioned epic. Aida, a young woman enslaved by the Egyptians, harbors secret feelings for military hero Radamès. Unbeknownst to her captors, she’s also an Ethiopian princess and daughter to their sworn enemy. Torn between love and loyalty to her people, Aida must make an impossible choice–all as the King of Egypt’s own daughter Amneris desperately seeks Radamès’s affections for herself.
Washington National Opera launches its 2017–2018 season with this dazzling new production, marking the first time they have staged Aida in the Opera House in more than 25 years. The striking sets and costumes are inspired by visionary artist RETNA, whose vibrant hieroglyphics and calligraphy lend the classic story a unique modern edge. Spirited dance and the breathtaking acrobatics of parkour draw you even further into this mythic world. But it is Verdi’s expressive music that makes Aida a love triangle for the ages, laid bare against the backdrop of two warring societies spinning out of control.
Music by Giuseppe Verdi / Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni
In Italian with Projected English Titles
New Co-Production with San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, and Minnesota Opera