Video: Watch 'Nume custode e vindice' from Verdi's AIDA at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Performances run at Lyric Opera of Chicago through April 7, 2024

By: Apr. 02, 2024
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Watch as inn Act One of Verdi's AIDA, the high priest Ramfis (Önay Köse in his Lyric debut) calls on the gods to protect Egypt as they prepare for battle in Lyric Opera's production of the beloved opera. Check out the video!

Music Director Enrique Mazzola celebrates two important milestones with this production: he conducts the epic score of Aida for the very first time in his career, and Aida marks the 100th title to enter Mazzola’s vast operatic repertoire.

Aida’s classic story of duty versus desire is on spectacular display in director Francesca Zambello’s bold and stylized production, which takes its visual inspiration from the chaotic calligraphy of the celebrated street artist RETNA. Renowned choreographer Jessica Lang brings her modern edge to Aida’s powerful dance sequences.

The romantic triangle at the heart of Aida is anchored by three powerful voices: Michelle Bradley and Russell Thomas, who starred as the doomed lovers in Tosca in Lyric’s 2021/22 Season, and returning favorite Jamie Barton. The production also stars Reginald Smith, Jr., direct from his critically acclaimed star turn in Lyric’s Champion.