Verdi’s letters reveal that, throughout the development of the project—born in the mind of Egyptologist Auguste Mariette—, the composer’s main concern was to make the story work above all else. Whether through the exoticism of the ritual scenes or the breathtaking lyricism of such arias as “Celeste Aida,” everything becomes a means of dramatic expression. In Verdi’s own words, Aida is “more intense, more theatrical” than any of his other operas.
Aida - Musical excerpts
The tragic story of forbidden love...
Aida - Podcast
Aida - Photos
Photos taken in 2006 at the Opéra de Montréal.
Aida - TV ad
Designing by Brad, making by Les enfants.
Aida - A political warfare
Michel Beaulac, Artistic Director.
Aida - A high-calibre cast
Michel Beaulac, Artistic Director
Aida - Staging: a huge challenge!
François Racine, Stage Director
Verdi was born into a family of modest means—although perhaps not as modest as he liked to claim. He began his musical education with the village organist, went on to study with the maestro di musica in Busseto, and from there completed his studies in Milan—then considered the capital of Italian culture—with Lavigna, répétiteur at La Scala. Lavigna taught him counterpoint and composition, and encouraged him to attend opera performances.
François Racine is firmly established as one of the leaders on today’s opera scene, engaged by companies throughout North America and beyond.
The King of Egypt
Chorus Master Claude Webster / Choreohrapher Noëlle-Émilie Desbiens / Set Designer Claude Girard et Bernard Uzan / Costumes Claude Girard / Lighting Designer Éric Champoux