The vulnerable protagonists of Aida face an agonising moral dilemma: to what should they be loyal? To their homelands? To their families? Or to their love?
The story of the opera is a product of war: not only in its writing, but on the stage as well. The sounds of war resonate throughout the tale of the captive Ethiopian princess and king, and the Egyptian commander brought down by and for love. Although Egypt wins a pyrrhic victory, this triumph desired by so many brings ruin to all who wished for it.
This is a story about war, a topic as old as man and which will continue as long as our species. War chooses life or death for millions, divides families and lovers, and permeates warring countries and their people of every order and rank, from pharaoh to slave.But there is one thing that can never be vanquished: the purity of the soul.
The critics respond:
“The set and décor imagined by Zsolt Khell are colourful and majestic. The artist succeeded in uniting overwhelming historicism and exoticism with the minimalistic design that is fashionable today. The modern context appears in certain places, but only where it was relevant and without overdoing it.” (Jan Falk, Opera News)
Opera in three parts, four acts, in Italian, with Hungarian and English surtitles
Age limit: over 18 years
Conductor: Oliver von Dohnányi
The king of Egypt: Köpeczi Sándor
Amneris, his daughter: Ildikó Komlósi
Aida, Ethiopian princess: Eszter Sümegi
Radames, captain of the guards: Attila Fekete
Ramfis, high priest: András Palerdi
Amonasro, king of Ethiopia: Alexandru Agache
The high priestess: Anna Fürjes univ. stud.
A messenger: Tivadar Kiss
The Honvéd Male Choir
Librettist: Antonio Ghislanzoni
Set designer: Zsolt Khell
Costume designer: Kriszta Remete
Choreographer: Johanna Bodor
Dramaturg: Enikő Perczel
Hungarian surtitles: Judit Kenesey
Chorus director: Gábor Csiki