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First performed at the Cairo Opera in 1871, Verdi’s Aida draws us into the fantasy of a reconstructed Antiquity. At the heart of the plot, an impossible choice between love and patriotic duty: A captive Ethiopian princess, Aida, (Sondra Radvanovsky) and an Egyptian soldier, Radames, (Jonas Kaufmann) betray their people, defy a powerful rival, Amneris (Ksenia Dudnikova) and unite until death. For her Paris Opera debut, award-winning Dutch director Lotte de Beer has chosen to cast a critical eye on the European portrayal of colonised peoples, encouraging us to rethink our relationship with aesthetic productions of the past and present. Maestro Michele Mariotti is on the podium to lead the Paris Opera’s orchestra through the epic score.
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Saturday 15th May
Palace Opera & Ballet
Italian with English subtitles