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Glorious pageantry, rousing choruses, and a basketful of great tunes elevate the moving tale of forbidden love between general and slave girl in ancient Egypt. The grandest of all grand operas, Aida is also an intensely personal love story overflowing with passions as up to the minute as our own. Verdi’s power to translate human emotion into magnificent music was at its zenith when he created this highly original and enjoyable masterwork, arguably the best evening’s entertainment he ever devised.

In Italian with English Captions
Approximate Running Time:
3 hours and 22 minutes, with 2 intermissions
at McCaw Hall


Sights & Sounds

Preview Video of Aida

This new-to-Seattle production of Aida features lavish sets, sumptuous costumes, and glorious music.

Sights and Sounds

Audience Reaction & Press

Audience and critics alike are praising this “brilliantly sung” Aida. Watch a video of audience reaction to opening weekend performances and read recent reviews.

Sights and Sounds

Director’s Talk: Aida

Watch rehearsal video and hear from Director Robin Guarino on the remarkable group of singers, dancers, and the conductor who make up this spectacular production of Aida.

Sights and Sounds

Speight’s Corner:Aida

General Director Speight Jenkins talks with Education Director Perry Lorenzo about the spectacular Aida. You’ll see video footage from the singers who join us for this opera.


A Visual Tour

Presented in classic Egyptian style, this spectacular production features lavish sets by Michael Yeargan, sumptuous costumes by Sir Peter Hall, and staging by Met veteran Robin Guarino.


About the Cast

Amazing performers are showcased in both casts, including Lisa Daltirus, Antonello Palombi, Rosario La Spina, and Stephanie Blythe. The accomplished Donald Byrd choreographs.

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