Dutch National Opera presents

Aida Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

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Love in times of war

Duration 3:10

By Giuseppe Verdi

Language Italian

Surtitles English and Dutch




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.


The plot

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.


    Thu 20 Feb NRC about Anita Rachvelishvili

    ‘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.’

    Thu 20 Feb Theaterkrant about Madama Butterfly, 2019

    'The Russian soprano Elena Stikhina is unequalled as Cio-Cio-San. With a beautiful timbre she expresses despair.'

    Thu 20 Feb Trouw**** about Rigoletto, 2017

    '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

Antonio Ghislanzoni 

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 MefistofeleAidaDer fliegende HolländerDie 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’AssiseLady Macbeth of MtsenskErcole amanteBoris GodunovLa JuiveLes TroyensEugene OneginParsifalGuillaume TellThe Legend of the Invisible City of KitezhFaustLa forza del destinoDas Floß der MedusaOedipe 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 rusticanaNabucco 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 FigaroAidaDer fliegende HolländerDie lustige WitweAnna Bolena and La damnation de Faust.


Aida - Tue 15 December - 20:30 hrs

Foyer evenings
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.

NB: In principle, the foyer evenings are given in Dutch, but in practice the high number of international guests means that English is often spoken as well.

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