Aida: Met Opera Encore


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Sat, Jul 20, 2019 12:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Met Opera Summer Encore
Release Year:From the 2018-2019 season
Run Time:2 hours, 55 minutes
Met Company
Conductor:Nicola Luisotti
Opera Company:Anna Netrebko
Anita Rachvelishvili


Verdi’s Aida
from the 2018–19 season

Cast: Anna Netrebko, Anita Rachvelishvili

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the encore of the Met Opera’s “Aida” (from the 2018/2019 season) on Saturday, July 20 at 12 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. 

Soprano Anna Netrebko and mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili offer blazing performances in Verdi’s grand drama of ancient Egypt “Aida”, seen in a stunning production by Sonja Frisell. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

Ancient Egypt. The warrior Radamès and Aida, the Ethiopian slave of Princess Amneris, are in love. Amneris, daughter of the king, also loves Radamès. When he is chosen to lead the Egyptian army against the advancing Ethiopians, Aida is torn between love for Radamès and loyalty to her homeland, where her father is king.

Ethiopia has been defeated. Amneris, realizing that Aida is her rival, is determined to win Radamès. At the victory celebration, Radamès asks the king for mercy for the Ethiopian prisoners, among whom is Amonasro, Aida’s father. The king grants the request and promises Radamès his daughter’s hand in marriage.

Aida and Radamès meet secretly. Urged by her father, Aida makes Radamès tell her the secret battle plan of his army. Amonasro, hiding nearby, overhears their conversation. When Radamès realizes who Aida’s father is, he is desperate about what he has done. The high priest Ramfis has him arrested as a traitor. Aida and Amonasro escape.

Radamès, believing Aida dead, has been sentenced to be buried alive, but Aida has hidden in the vault to share his fate. They express their love for the last time. Amneris prays for peace.