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26, 27, 29, 30 November -
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 December 2008
Giuseppe Verdi
Opera in four acts. Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni

Conductor Maurizio Benini

Franco Zeffirelli

restaged by Marco Gandini
Scenes and costumes Designs

Lila de Nobili


Vladimir Vassilev

Lights Designer Marco Filibeck

Scenes Designs Assistant Carlo Centolavigna
Costumes Designs Assistant Silvia Aymonino
Assistant Director Nicola Zorzi
Stage management Angelo Canu
Teatro Massimo Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
Chorus Master

Andrea Faidutti

Production by Fondazione Teatro alla Scala di Milano
Il re Andrea Papi November 26, 30 - December 3, 5, 7
Konstantin Gorny November 27, 29 - December 2, 4, 6
Amneris Mariana Pentcheva November 26, 30 - December 3, 5, 7
Tiziana Carraro November 27, 29 - December 2, 4, 6
Aida Amarilli Nizza November 26, 30 - December 3, 7
Susanna Branchini November 27 - December 2, 5
Maria Josè Siri November 29 - December 4, 6
Radames Marco Berti November 26, 30 - December 3, 7
Francesco Anile November 27 - December 2, 5
Badri Maisuradze November 29 - December 4, 6
Ramfis Paata Burchuladze November 26, 30 - December 3, 6, 7
Luiz-Ottavio Faria November 27, 29 - December 2, 4, 5
Amonasro Carlos Almaguer November 26, 30 - December 3, 5, 7
Silvio Zanon November 27, 29 - December 2, 4, 6
Un messaggero Enrico Cossutta November 26, 30 - December 3, 5, 7
Mimmo Ghegghi November 27, 29 - December 2, 4, 6
Una sacerdotessa

Donatella Lombardi

Sacerdotessa Luciana Savignano 26, 30 novembre - 2, 3, 5, 7 dicembre
Soimita Lupu 27, 29 novembre - 4, 6 dicembre
Schiava Sabrina Brazzo
Nubiano José Perez 26, 27 novembre - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 dicembre
Andrea Volpintesta 29, 30 novembre - 2 dicembre
Wednesday 26 November 2008 Turno Prime at 8.30 pm
Thursday 27 November 2008 Turn S2 at 6.30 pm
Saturday 29 November 2008 Turn S3 at 6.30 pm
Sunday 30 November 2008 Turn D at 5.30 pm
Tuesday 2 December 2008 Turn S1 at 6.30 pm
Wednesday 3 December 2008 Turn B at 6.30 pm
Thursday 4 December 2008 Single tickets only at 6.30 pm
Friday 5 December 2008 Turn F at 8.30 pm
Saturday 6 December 2008 Single tickets only at 8.30 pm
Sunday 7 December 2008 Turn C at 6.30 pm


Act I
In ancient Egypt, near the royal palace at Memphis, Radamès learns from the high priest, Ramfis, that Ethiopia soon may bring war to the Nile valley. The young officer hopes he will be chosen as commander of the army, envisioning triumph so he can free his beloved Aida, Ethiopian slave of the proud Princess Amneris. Amneris, who herself loves Radamès, jealously senses his feelings for Aida when the three meet. A procession led by the King arrives to confirm that the Ethiopians are advancing on Thebes. He appoints the jubilant Radamès as Egyptian commander, at which shouts of victory fill the air. Left alone, Aida is torn between her love for Radamès and for her native land: though now a slave, she is in fact the daughter of Amonasro, king of Ethiopia. She prays to the gods for mercy. In the temple, as priestesses chant the praises of Ptah, priests consecrate Radamès’ sword in a sacred ritual.
Act II
Ethiopia has been defeated. Amneris, entertained by slaves, prepares for Radamès’ triumphal entry into Thebes. When Aida approaches, the princess dismisses her other attendants and tries to learn Aida’s private thoughts, first pretending Radamès is dead, then saying he is still alive. Certain from Aida’s reactions – horror, followed by joy – that her slave loves Radamès, Amneris leaves for the festivities. Aida reiterates her prayers. At the city gates, victory is celebrated in parade and dance, a ceremony observed by the King and Amneris. Radamès is borne in and crowned with a victor’s wreath. Captured Ethiopians follow, among them Amonasro, Aida’s father, who sig- nals her not to betray his identity as king. Impressed by Amonasro’s eloquent plea, Radamès asks as his reward that the priests’ death sentence on the prisoners be overruled and that they be freed. The King grants this, as well as Amneris’ hand, but keeps Amonasro in custody.
On a moonlit bank of the Nile, Amneris is led by Ramfis to a temple of Isis for a wedding vigil. Nearby, waiting for Radamès, Aida is overcome with nostalgia for her homeland. Amonasro, who suddenly appears, preys on these feelings, forcing his daughter to agree to ask Radamès where the Egyptian army plans to enter Ethiopia. This she does when Radamès appears, ardent with dreams of their future life together. Just as he reveals the military secret, Amonasro steps out of hiding, and Ramfis and Amneris come forth from the temple. While Aida escapes with her father, Radamès surrenders to the priests as a traitor.
Act IV
In a temple of judgment, awaiting trial, Radamès is unmoved by Amneris’ offer to save him if he will renounce Aida and marry her. When he is led away, Amneris’ pride dissolves, her love for Radamès revealed by her agony in hearing him condemned to death. Enraged, the princess curses the judges. Buried alive in a crypt, Radamès is joined by Aida, who has hidden there to share his fate. The lovers bid farewell to earth as Amneris, above the tomb, prays for peace.

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