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Washington National Opera: Aida

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - Saturday, September 23, 2017

Washington National Opera

The timeless conflict of duty versus desire rises like a pyramid in Verdi's towering, impassioned epic. Featuring striking sets and costumes inspired by visionary artist RETNA, Aida is a love triangle for the ages, laid bare against the backdrop of two warring societies spinning out of control.


$45 - $300

Run Time

Approx. 3 hours


Nothing could hold her captive… except his heart.
Music by Giuseppe Verdi / Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni
In Italian with Projected English Titles
New Co-Production with San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, and Minnesota Opera

The timeless conflict of duty versus desire rises like a pyramid in Verdi's towering, impassioned epic. Aida, a young woman enslaved by the Egyptians, harbors secret feelings for military hero Radamès. Unbeknownst to her captors, she's also an Ethiopian princess and daughter to their sworn enemy. Torn between love and loyalty to her people, Aida must make an impossible choice--all as the King of Egypt's own daughter Amneris desperately seeks Radamès's affections for herself.
WNO launches our 2017–2018 season with this dazzling new production, marking the first time we've staged Aida in the Opera House in more than 25 years. The striking sets and costumes are inspired by visionary artist RETNA, whose vibrant hieroglyphics and calligraphy lend the classic story a unique modern edge. Spirited dance and the breathtaking acrobatics of parkour draw you even further into this mythic world. But it is Verdi's expressive music that makes Aida a love triangle for the ages, laid bare against the backdrop of two warring societies spinning out of control.

Performance Timing: Act One - 85 min.; Intermission - 25 min.; Act Two - 70 min.  
"The role of Aida has an enormous range… the emotion is already stirred by Verdi's music. All we have to do is ride on top of that, and be true to what we're doing."--Tamara Wilson
"Having my work used for Aida marks a turning point in my artistic development."--RETNA


Tamara Wilson (9/9, 13, 16, 18, 21 & 23)
Leah Crocetto (9/10, 15 & 17)
Ekaterina Semenchuk (9/9, 13, 16, 18 & 23)
Marina Prudenskaya (9/10, 15, 17 & 21)
Yonghoon Lee (9/9, 13, 16, 18, 21 & 23)
Carl Tanner (9/10, 15 & 17)
Gordon Hawkins
Morris Robinson
The King:                                
Soloman Howard


Francesca Zambello
Evan Rogister                             
Original Sketches & Concept Design:            
Associate Director:                             
E. Loren Meeker
Set Designer:                           
Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer:                              
Anita Yavich
Lighting Designer:                              
Mark McCullough
Jessica Lang


Informative and entertaining, Opera Insights take you inside the composer's mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera. 
These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of Aida.

Most Opera Insights begin 1 hour before the performance and last 20–25 minutes. Musicologist Saul Lilienstein's Opera Insights, scheduled for Wednesday, Sep. 13, begins 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and last 35–40 minutes:


Don't miss your opportunity to engage directly with our artists and share your thoughts on the experience you just had! Here's your chance to ask questions and get the inside scoop on the production from members of the cast and creative team. 
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.

Aida Talkback Dates:
Sunday, Sep. 10
Sunday, Sep. 17
Monday, Sep. 18

Watch and Listen

WNO's Aida at the Kennedy Center

RETNA - Washington National Opera Exhibition

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