Saturday, October 17
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3hr 00mins // directed by:Peter Stein // featuring:Anita Rachvelishvili, Kristin Lewis, Fabio Sartori, Matti Salminen, Carlo Colombara, sung in Italian

After two traditional productions of Aida staged by Zeffirelli in the last decade, this new production of Verdi’s magnificent opera is presented by two great masters - conductor Zubin Mehta and director Peter Stein.

The acclaimed German director (and a naturalized Italian), has promised “eine ganz intime Aida”, a “ totally intimate Aida”. He is joined by the renowned Zubin Mehta, who returns the podium of La Scala for Verdi’ s quintessential lyric opera.

Creative Team

Conductor, Zubin Mehta
Staged by, Peter Stein
Sets, Ferdinand Woegerbauer
Costumes, Nanà Cecchi
Lights, Joachim Barth
Choreography, Massimiliano Volpini
Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala​

Artistic Team

The King, Carlo Colombara
Amneris, Anita Rachvelishvili
Aida, Kristin Lewis 
Radamès, Fabio Sartori
Ramfis, Matti Salminen
Amonasro, George Gagnidze
A Messenger, Azer Rza-Zada
High Priestess, Chiara Isotton
New Teatro alla Scala Production


Act I

Garden of the Royal Palace at Memphis: The high priest, Ramfis, announces to Radamès, Captain of the Royal Guard, that the Ethiopians are revolting. Radamès hopes he will be chosen to lead the Egyptian forces, and thus claim Aida (the favorite slave of Princess Amneris and, unbeknownst to the Egyptians, the Ethiopian king’s daughter) as his reward. Although Aida and Radamès are in love, Aida is still fearful for her kinsmen and especially for King Amonasro, her father. Furthermore, Princess Amneris is in love with Radamès, although the feelings are not returned. When Radamès joyfully accepts the job of leading the charge against the Ethiopians, Amneris and Aida both rush to the temple to bless his journey—although Aida’s loyalty is torn between her homeland and the man she loves.

Act II

The Ethiopians have been defeated, and Radamès is returning to Thebes. Amneris tricks Aida into indirectly revealing her love for Radamès, which makes the princess jealous.

Radamès makes a triumphant entrance to the city, with a procession of newly captured prisoners, including Aida’s father, King Amonasro. Amonasro makes an eloquent plea on behalf of his people, but does not reveal his noble title. Radamès is moved by his speech, and requests that as his reward, the Ethiopian prisoners not be put to death. The King grants Radamès’ wish, and also gives him Amneris’ hand in marriage.


It is night, near a temple where Amneris and the high priest Ramfis prepare for the princess’ wedding to Radamès. Amonasro orders his daughter to use Radamès to learn the secret of his military plans against the Ethiopians. As Aida obtains the information from Radamès, Amneris and Ramfis appear. They have overheard his act of treason. Radamès is taken prisoner by the imperial guards as Aida escapes with her father.

Act IV

Radamès is on trial for treason, and his life is at stake. Amneris offers him a bargain: if he will renounce Aida and accept her love, he will be freed. He refuses, uninterested in a life without Aida. He is then sentenced to be buried alive in a vault underneath the temple. Amneris is horrified; although Radamès has rejected her, she still loves him, but his fate is sealed. Aida returns, voluntarily joining Radamès in the tomb, to share his tragic fate.