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Saint-Petersburg Theatres | The Mariinsky (Kirov Ballet) Theatre playbill | Aida

The Mariinsky (Kirov Ballet) Theatre


The action takes place during a war between Ethiopians and Egyptians. Dramatic events develop against the background of love of Aida, the daughter of the Ethiopian leader, to an enemy. What will win' love for her fatherland or love of two people? Only the death will dot all i's and cross all t's.
The opera was written in 1870 by Verdi under the order of the Egyptian government and dedicated to the opening of Suez Canal. The author of the script is the French egyptologist O.E. Mariett who used an old legend contained in the papyrus he deciphered. The drawings on the papyrus were used to prepare magnificent stage set design and costumes for Aida performance. The world premiere of Aida took place on December 24, 1871 in Cairo, and in February of next year it was played in La Scala Theatre in Milan.

Theatre address: Theatralnaya sq., 1
Show begins at 7 p.m.
Duration: 4 hours and 20 minutes, 4 acts
The Performance has three intermissions
Performed in Italian

Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Musical Director: Valery Gergiev
Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni
Directed by A. Stepanyuk, 1998
Conductor: B. Gruzin

Premiere: 24 December 1871, Opera House, Cairo;
Premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre: 1 April 1877, St Petersburg;
Premiere of this production: 30 December 1998, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg


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