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Aida - National Theatre Prague

Venue: Prague National Theatre

 
Národní 2
110 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic
 
 
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Aida - National Theatre Prague
Sat 26 August 2017
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Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

To inaugurate the Suez Canal, Ismail Pasha, Viceroy of Egypt, commissioned an opera from the composer whose Rigoletto opened the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo in 1869. Giuseppe Verdi dedicated great care to preparing the new work and even visited Egypt so as to have his own idea of the country. (He even had Old Egypt “Aida trumpets” made in Milan.) Yet he only completed the opera after the Suez Canal was opened (17 November 1869) and the premiere took place on 24 December 1871 at the Teatro del’Opera in Cairo. 



The dramatic charge of the story of the Egyptian Princess Aida and the warrior Radames grows out of the inner torment of a woman who has to decide between being loyal to her country or dedicating herself to a man who is one of the oppressors of her nation. The dilemma of choosing between love and duty is also faced by Radames, who ultimately betrays his homeland because of Aida. The current State Opera production was premiered in 1994. The renowned Egyptian painter Hafíz Abdel Farghali gave a genuine Egyptian colour to the sets which, together with Josef Jelínek’s exquisite costumes, contributed to the great success of the performances.


The opera is staged in Italian original version and Czech and English surtitles are used in the performance.



Photo: Oldřich Pernica and Dan Jäger


Duration of the performance: 2 hours and 45 minutes, 1 intermission

 
Program details
 

Libretto: Antonio Ghislanzoni
Conductor: Martin Leginus
Stage director: Petar Selem
Sets: Hafiz Abdel Farghali
Costumes: Josef Jelínek
Chorus master: Adolf Melichar
Choreography: Otto Šanda

 

CAST

 

Aida

Anda-Louise Bogza  

Olga Romanko

 

Radames

Efe Kişlali  

Michal Lehotský

 

Amneris

Veronika Hajnová  

Eva Urbanová

 

Amonasro

Miguelangelo Cavalcanti  

Richard Haan

Jakub Kettner  

Martin Bárta

 

King of Egypt

Oleg Korotkov  

Zdeněk Plech

Ivo Hrachovec

 

Ramfis

Miloš Horák  

Jiří Sulženko

 

Messenger

Václav Sibera  

Jiří Honus

 

Priestess

Jana Sibera  

Yukiko Šrejmová Kinjo

 

State Opera Orchestra

State Opera Chorus

Czech National Opera Ballet



Premiere: June 2, 1994

 
Venue
 
Prague National Theatre
 

The National Theatre today

 

The historical building of the National Theatre, constructed in 1883, is generally considered the prime stage in the CzechRepublic. It is the flagship of the National Theatre institution, today amounting to five buildings and encompassing four companies. You can see there Opera, Drama and Ballet performances.

 

Idea of building a stately theatre for the Czech nation

 

The National Theatre is the embodiment of the will of the Czech nation for a national identity and independence. Collections of money among the broad mass of the people facilitated its construction and hence the ceremonial laying of its foundation stone on 16 May 1868 was tantamount a nationwide political manifestation.

 

The idea of building a stately edifice to serve as a theatre was first mooted in the autumn of 1844 at meetings of patriots in Prague. It began to materialise through a request for “the privilege of constructing, furnishing, maintaining and managing” an independent Czech theatre, which was submitted to the Provincial Committee of the Czech Assembly by František Palacký on 29 January 1845. The privilege was granted in April 1845. Yet it was not until six years later – in April 1851 – that the Society for the Establishment of a Czech National Theatre in Prague (founded in the meantime) made its first public appeal to start collections. A year later the proceeds of the first collections allowed for the purchase of land belonging to a former salt works with the area of less than 28 acres, which predetermined the magnificent location of the theatre on the bank of the river Vltava facing the panorama of Prague Castle, yet at the same time the cramped area and trapezoidal shape posed challenging problems for the building’s designers.
 

By car

To the centre (OldTown), approach on Masarykovo nábřeží (Masaryk embankment) in the direction from the Dancing House, at the crossroads in front of the National Theatre turn right to Divadelní street and then right again to Ostrovní street to the National Theatre car park. Parking costs 50 CZK/h.

 

By tram

By daytime trams Nos. 6, 9, 18 and 22 and night trams Nos. 53, 57, 58, 59 to the stop “Národní divadlo” – in front of the NT historical building; by daytime tram No. 17 to the stop “Národní divadlo”.

 

By metro

To the station “Můstek”, line B (yellow), and then by foot on Národní street; or to the station “Karlovo náměstí” and then two stops by tram No. 6, 18 or 22 to the stop “Národní divadlo”. To the station “Staroměstská”, line A (green), and then two stops by tram No. 17 to the stop “Národní divadlo”. 

 
 
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