Great Performances at the Met: Aida

Great Performances at the Met: Aida

Friday, September 13 at 9:00 p.m.

There's a reason it's called grand opera.

More than 200 artists fill the Met stage for this performance of Verdi’s tragedy, which sets a heartbreaking love triangle against the backdrop of an empire at war.

Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska made a spectacular Met debut as Aida, the enslaved Ethiopian princess, opposite two major Met stars: tenor Roberto Alagna as the war hero Radamès and Olga Borodina as the pharaoh’s daughter Amneris, Aida’s formidable rival. George Gagnidze sings Amonasro, Aida’s cunning father, and Štefan Kocán is the imposing Egyptian priest Ramfis. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi conducts his first company performances of the opera.

“If you’ve ever wondered why they call it ‘grand’ opera, the magnificent Met Opera production of Verdi’s Aida…can show you what the fuss is all about,” declared Wilborn Hampton in the Huffington Post.

Pictured at right: Liudmyla Monastyrska and Roberto Alagna.