Giuseppe Verdi´s Aida is the story of an Ethiopian princess, who, enslaved in Egypt, ultimately has to choose between the love for her father - the captured king Amonasro - or her lover - his captor, the Egyptian captain Radamés. But behind the surface of this oriental drama, set in ancient Egypt, there is more.
In Aida, written for the inauguration of the Suez Canal and first performed in Cairo in 1871, Verdi confronts us with the political mood of the time. From the outset - the prelude to the opera - Verdi juxtaposes two musical worlds: the tender lyrical arches in the upper strings that are associated with Aida and the dark, sombre, march-like music of the priests.
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This struggle between love and duty lies at the heart of this fascinating opera. With a chorus of up to 200 singers, a huge orchestra and fantastic soloists, we guarantee and evening of "Grande opéra" at its finest.
Latonia Moore, one of todays most acclaimed Aidas sings the title role, with Massimilano Pisapia as Radamés.
Andrew Litton conducts the Bergen Philharmonic in the sumptuous score.
Presented by Bergen National Opera, in cooperation with Edvard Grieg Choir and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.