LA FENICE THEATRE ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR, conductor, Riccardo Frizza
AIDA
Giuseppe Verdi
LA FENICE OPERA HOUSE

Conductor: Riccardo Frizza
La Fenice Choir and Orchestra


Aida is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. Set in Egypt, it was commissioned by and first performed at Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House on 24 December 1871; Giovanni Bottesini conducted after Verdi himself withdrew. Today the work holds a central place in the operatic canon, receiving performances every year around the world; at New York’s Metropolitan Opera alone, Aida has been sung more than 1,100 times since 1886. Ghislanzoni’s scheme follows a scenario often attributed to the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, but Verdi biographer Mary Jane Phillips-Matz argues that the source is actually Temistocle Solera. Isma’il Pasha, Khedive of Egypt, commissioned Verdi to write an opera for performance to celebrate the opening of the Khedivial Opera House, paying him 150,000 francs, but the premiere was delayed because of the Siege of Paris (1870–71), during the Franco-Prussian War, when the scenery and costumes were stuck in the French capital, and Verdi’s Rigoletto was performed instead. Aida eventually premiered in Cairo in late 1871. Contrary to popular belief, the opera was not written to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, for which Verdi had been invited to write an inaugural hymn, but had declined. The plot bears striking, though unintentional, similarities to Metastasio’s libretto La Nitteti (1756).
The program
AIDA
Giuseppe Verdi

Cast:
Aida, Roberta Mantegna (18,23,26,30/5 -1/6), Monica Zanettin (22,28,31/5)
Radames
, Francesco Meli (18,23,26,30/5 -1/6), Valter Fraccaro (22,28,31/5)
Il Re, Mattia Denti
Amonasro, Roberto Frontali (18,23,26,30/5 -1/6), Luca Grassi (22,28,31/5)
Ramfis, Riccardo Zanellato (18,23,26,30/5 -1/6), Simon Lim (22,28,31/5)
Amneris,Veronica Simeoni (18,23,26,30,1/6),Silvia Beltrami (22,28,31/5)
Una sacerdotessa, Rosanna Lo Greco

Conductor, Riccardo Frizza
Director, Mauro Bolognini, ripresa da Bepi Morassi
Sets, Mario Ceroli
Costumes, Aldo Buti
Choreography, Giovanni Di Cicco

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Campo San Fantin, 1965
San Marco, 30124
Venezia
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Schedule
7 p.m.
Location
La Fenice Opera House
Campo San Fantin, 1965
30124 Venice

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