Don't Miss Verdi's Dramatic Masterpiece
Featuring mainstage classics Il Trovatore, Don Giovanni, and La Cenerentola, as well as groundbreaking company premieres like Missy Mizoli's modern classic Breaking Waves, the Los Angeles Opera's 2020/21 season invites audiences into the enchanting world of opera once more. Keeping up a rousing pace, programming continues with Francesco Zambello's luminous production of Verdi's high stakes melodrama Aida, featuring the return of celebrated Ukranian spinto soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska in the title role.
Zambello's sweeping set and lavish design partners perfectly with Verdi's passionate sonic moments that range from the exquisitely intimate to the dramatically epic. Set in Ancient Egypt, the story centers around the conflict between forbidden love and hatred for one's enemies.
Aida, a seemingly lowly Ethiopian slave girl is in love with her Egyptian captor Radames, a distinguished warrior on the battlefield. Unbeknownst to everyone however, she is in fact the captured princess from Ethiopia, whose furious father is on his way to rescue her, laying waste to Egypt in his path. Adding to the sense of danger is Amneris, the Egyptian princess, whose intense love for Radames cannot shake the feeling that the mysterious Aida just may be her rival in love.