Arena di Verona will be showing Giusseppe Verdi's greatest classical opera, Aida. First performed in Cairo on December 24, 1871, Verdi considered its European premiere at La Scala in Milan to be its true premiere; unlike that of Cairo, the audience in Milan included the general public and not just dignitaries and critics. Aida, played by Amarilli Nizza, is a princess brought to slavery in Egypt. A military commander, Radames, played by Marco Berti, is forced to choose between his love for her and his loyalty to the Pharaoh, Enrico Giuseppe Iori. The Pharaoh's daughter, Amneris, played by Dolora Zajick, further complicates the story with her love for Radames. Costume designer Anna Anni and Director of Stage Design Giuseppe De Filippi Venezia bring scenes from Ancient Egypt to life on stage, while conductor Oren brings Verdi's masterpiece to life acoustically. Shows continue from Friday June 25 at 9:15 pm until August 29. Ticket prices range from 18-198 EURO. See www.arena.it for more information.
Written by Kia Wright
Public Relations Intern for The Florence Newspaper