Dutch National Opera presents
03 Jun 12:00
Love in times of war
With this production of Aida, one of Verdi’s best-loved works returns to Dutch National Opera after twenty years, with a star-studded cast and a world-renowned director. An opera in which two lovers are torn between their love for each other and their love for their family and country.
May we love who we love?
In a world full of political and religious conflict, love blossoms between Aida and Radamès, which leaves them with an impossible choice. Choosing for one another means betraying their country, religion and family – and yet they do just that: they opt for love.
‘Anita Rachvelishvili is a phenomenon. To be carried off by a voice like hers – warm, lithe, natural, and as powerful as a tornado – is a sensation.’
'The Russian soprano Elena Stikhina is unequalled as Cio-Cio-San. With a beautiful timbre she expresses despair.'
'Rafal Siwek as the murderer Sparafucile is outstanding.'
Two fantastic female leads
Two phenomenal singers return to Dutch National Opera in the roles of Aida and her rival Amneris: the Russian soprano Elena Stikhina brought audiences to tears with her performance of the title role in Madama Butterfly (2019), a role that earned her the Prix d’Amis from the Friends of DNO. The Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili wowed Dutch National Opera as Marfa in Chovansjtsjina (2016) and as Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana (2019).
Dmitri Tcherniakov – the ideal director for Aida
The idiosynchratic Russian stage director Dmitri Tcherniakov returns to Dutch National Opera for this new production. He previously delivered impressive stagings of Rimski-Korsakov’s The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitesj (2012) and Borodins Prince Igor (2017). His amazing ability to interweave intimate scenes with grand tableaus make him the ideal Aida director.
Musical director Andrea Battistoni
The energetic and passionate Italian conductor Andrea Battistoni, holds the musical reins. With the 2017 production of La bohème (2017) he proved himself a master in the repertoire of his homeland.
Opera in four acts (1871)
Sung in Italian
Team, Cast and Chorus
- Musical director
- Andrea Battistoni
- Stage direction and decor
- Dmitri Tcherniakov
- Costume designer
- Elena Zaitseva
- Light designer
- Gleb Filshtinsky
- The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
- Chorus of Dutch National Opera
- Chorus master
- Ching-Lien Wu
- Il Re
- Rafał Siwek
- Anita Rachvelishvili
- Elena Stikhina
- Yonghoon Lee
- Mika Kares
- Markus Brück
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
For more than 30 years, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | Netherlands Chamber Orchestra has been the primary orchestral partner of Dutch National Opera. It is counted among the best opera orchestras of the world. In September 2021, Lorenzo Viotti will become chief conductor of both the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and Dutch National Opera. The Netherlands Chambers Orchestra is under the inspiring leadership of violinist Gordan Nikolić.
In addition to this opera activities, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra both are regular players of The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The orchestras work with internationally renowned guest conductors and soloists, as well as with a new generation of excellent musicians. The orchestras make classical music accessible to everyone who is open to it. On countless adventurous and unexpected podiums, they bring people together through music and provide an excellent musical experience for advanced and new audiences alike. With its welcoming and open home, the NedPhO-Dome in the ‘Indische Buurt’ in Amsterdam, the orchestras are situated in the heart of the community.
In the 2020-2021 season, The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra will join us for Mefistofele, Aida, Der fliegende Holländer, Die lustige Witwe. The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra will join us in the pit for Le nozze di Figaro and Anna Bolena.
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
The Chorus of Dutch National Opera consists of 50 singers and is regularly supplemented by freelance chorus members for major productions. The Chorus of Dutch National Opera already has many milestones to its name, including Saint François d’Assise, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Ercole amante, Boris Godunov, La Juive, Les Troyens, Eugene Onegin, Parsifal, Guillaume Tell, The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, Faust, La forza del destino, Das Floß der Medusa, Oedipe and Tannhäuser, as well as concert performances of Der fliegende Holländer in Rotterdam, Paris and Dortmund and Daphnis et Chloé with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev.
Since 1 September, 2014 Ching-Lien Wu is artistic director of the Chorus of Dutch National Opera. Earlier in the 2019- 2020 season, the chorus gave stellar performances in Pagliacci / Cavalleria rusticana, Nabucco and Carmen. In 2016 the Chorus was awarded the title of ‘Best Opera Chorus’ by the authoritative magazine Opernwelt.
In the 2020-2021 season the Chorus will sing in Mefistofele, Le nozze di Figaro, Aida, Der fliegende Holländer, Die lustige Witwe, Anna Bolena and La damnation de Faust.
Dutch National Opera & Ballet offers an introductory talk 45 minutes before each performance. An expert will share background information, context and interesting details that can give your theatre visit more depth. The talks are in Dutch and are free to all the ticket holders. You can also find an abridged version of the introduction on our website as a podcast.
Time: 45 minutes before the performance
Location: Odeonzaal; ground floor entrance
Step into the world of the makers. Sit back with a drink in an informal setting and enjoy an aria or duet, a pas de deux or small ensemble, or an interview with a singer or choreographer. A varied programme, linked to a topical theme, is presented for each production.
The talks are in Dutch and English.
Time: November 16, 2020, 20:30
Location: Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Odeonzaal
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: € 10, € 7,50 (students, CJP, Stadspas)
Free for Giving Circle members of Dutch National Opera, Dutch National Ballet and Dutch National Opera & Ballet
Prices are exclusive of booking charges. Tickets for performances can be purchased separately.