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  • Großes Haus
  • Premiere 30.10.2021
  • Duration 3 h 0 min

Aida

Opera by Giuseppe Verdi

Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni
Reduced orchestral version by Alberto Colla, stage rights CASA RICORDI S.R.L., Milan. represented by G. Ricordi & Co, Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH, Berlin.
In Italian with German subtitles

Aida, the Ethiopian king's daughter imprisoned as a slave in wealthy Egypt, and Radamès, the newly chosen Egyptian general, are madly in love. As their home countries are at war, they must hide their transnational love, which is not only exposed to the impositions of the political situation, but also worn down by the desires and interests of all the other actors. Tragically, the lovers fail because of the circumstances and, hopelessly entangled in these, because of themselves ...

Verdi's Aida has been and remains an absolute international opera hit since its première in the Cairo Opera House on the occasion of the opening of the Suez Canal in 1871. This is due not least to what is surely the longest and most elaborate procession in opera history: the legendary Triumphal March with the specially developed Egyptian or Aida trumpets.

Verdi was commissioned by a European-oriented Egyptian elite to create one of the most ingenious pieces in the history of European opera; and admittedly he was not for a second interested in Africa, but rather appropriated supposedly Egyptian and seemingly Ethiopian things for the sake of effect alone. The opera Aida is, as the Palestinian literary theorist Edward W. Said wrote, less a play about colonialism than a testimony to it.

Yet the musical drama itself, too, tells a story of colonialism: challenged by ambitious Ethiopia, the irreconcilable contradictions on which the hegemonic power’s prosperity is based come to light in Egypt. The two countries, embroiled in ruthless distribution battles, bury the last remnants of humanism alive ...

Under the musical direction of principal conductor Dominik Beykirch, Aida is after many years once again performed in Weimar. Nationally and internationally acclaimed director Andrea Moses is staging the opera in collaboration with her long-time stage designer, the Berlin Schaubühne's head of set design Jan Pappelbaum, costume designer Kathrin Plath, her long-time video artist René Liebert and musical theatre dramaturg Michael Höppner. After her successful Weimar productions of Turandot, Khovanshchina, Der Freischütz and The Circle, she continues her work at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar with the production of Aida and at the same time opens a new chapter as the newly appointed opera director.

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»(…) damit zeigt Andrea Moses eindrucksvoll, warum ›Aida‹ als Konglomerat von ideologischer Affirmation und sozialer Anklage weiterhin faszinierende Aktualität besitzt.« (Roland Dippel, Die Deutsche Bühne online)

»So wie jetzt in Weimar, wo Moses Epochen und Perspektiven verschränkt, um daraus packendes Musiktheater zu machen, das seine Bildersprache aus unserer Gegenwart bezieht. (…) eine „Aida“, die als Aufforderung zum Diskurs ebenso ihre Meriten hat, wie als sinnlich packendes Theaterereignis!« (Joachim Lange, Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten)

»Oper lebt! So furios startet das DNT aus der Corona-Krise. Andrea Moses, die neue Musiktheaterdirektorin, hat Verdis Triumphaloper frech und ironisch zum antikolonialistischen Fanal umgedeutet. Magisch zieht uns ein Fest der Stimmen in den Bann, Chefdirigent Dominik Beykirch formt die Partitur schwulstfrei und hochdramatisch. So werden die Besucherinnen und Besucher hin- und hergerissen zwischen hyperwachem Erkenntnisgewitter und elysischem Koma. (…) Doch wäre einer Andrea Moses die heutzutage virulente Kritik an kultureller Ent- und Aneignung mittels kolonialer Beutekunst viel zu wenig. Sie stellt das Wertesystem der westlichen Gesellschaft in Frage.« (Wolfgang Hirsch, Thüringische Landeszeitung)

  • Dominik Beykirch (Musikalische Leitung)
  • Andrea Moses (Regie)
  • Jan Pappelbaum (Bühne)
  • Kathrin Plath (Kostüme)
  • René Liebert (Video)
  • Michael Höppner (Dramaturgie)
  • Jens Petereit (Choreinstudierung)
  • Andreas Koch (König)
  • Margarita Gritskova / Sayaka Shigeshima (Amneris)
  • Camila Ribero-Souza (Aida)
  • Eduardo Aladrén (Radames)
  • Avtandil Kaspeli (Ramphis)
  • Alik Abdukayumov (Amonasro)
  • Jörn Eichler / Taejun Sun (Bote)
  • Heike Porstein (Tempelsängerin)
  • Staatskapelle Weimar
Fri 14.10.2022 // 19.30 o´clock Resumption

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Mon 31.10.2022 // 18.00 o´clock

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Sat 26.11.2022 // 19.30 o´clock

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Fri 09.12.2022 // 19.30 o´clock

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Thu 29.12.2022 // 19.30 o´clock

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Sun 15.01.2023 // 18.00 o´clock Derniere

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