LA FENICE THEATRE ORCHESTRA AND CHOIR, conductor, Francesco Ivan Ciampa
Giuseppe Verdi

Conductor, Francesco Ivan Ciampa
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).

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The program
Giuseppe Verdi


Aida: Roberta Mantegna
Radames: Piero Pretti
Il Re: Mattia Denti
Amneris: Silvia Beltrami

Conductor, Francesco Ivan Ciampa
Director, Mauro Bolognini, ripresa da Bepi Morassi
Sets, Mario Ceroli
Costumes, Aldo Buti
Coreography, Giovanni Di Cicco

La Fenice Orchestra & Choir
Chorus Master, Claudio Marino Moretti
Nuovo Balletto di Toscana

La Fenice production
Italian and English surtitles

Teatro La Fenice
Campo San Fantin, 1965
San Marco, 30124
Tel.: +39 041 786654

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La Fenice Opera House
Campo San Fantin, 1965
30124 Venice

Tel.: +39 041 786511
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