‘Munich; ‘Aida’ at Bayerische Staatsoper
by Venetia Kapernekas
An amazing night at the opera (monday, sept 29th) “Aida” at Bayerische Staatsoper, opera in four act, by Giuseppe Verdi (libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni after Auguste Mariette Bey and Camille du Locle) and in the role of Ramades the amazing Jonas Kaufman.
A work that gravitates back and forth between the grandest of grand opera and intimate drama. Over and over again, we hear the sound of singing behind walls. Don’t these walls also have ears? The pharaoh’s daughter Amneris is to marry. She has been offered to the officer Radames as a reward for his victory in battle over the enemy. Whom would Aida love if she were not a war prisoner? … The effect of state power and war on human relationships. (Bayerische Staatsoper, press)
Musikalische Leitung: Dan Ettinger; Kostüme: Ilse Welter-Fuchs; Choreographische Arbeit : Valentí Rocamora i Torà ;
@Bayerische Staatsoper media center : Ain Anger (Ramfis), Jonas Kaufmann (Radamès), Chor und Opernballett der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Act Two: Amneris has the slaves dance for her and dress her for the festivitiy with which the victorious army will be welcomed. She tricks Aida into admitting her secret love. Amneris taunts her slave with the fact that she is her rival and this makes Aida both proud and afraid at the same time. In order to demonstrate her superiority, Amneris orders Aida to accompany her to the festivities……
On the eve of her wedding, Amneris is taken to the Temple of Isis by Ramfis. She is to prepare herself for marriage by praying there. Aida and Radamès have arranged to meet not far away from the temple. Amonasro, who knows of her secret love, appears and uses his knowledge to put Aida under pressure to discover from Radamès the Egyptians‘ plan for the the next battle. When she refuses he reminds her of her duty to her country and threatens to disown her as his daughter…
@Bayerische Staatsoper media center: Jonas Kaufmann (Radamès), Marco Spotti (Der König), Anna Smirnova (Amneris), Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
In spite of the fact that he is a traitor, Amneris still loves Radamès and wants to save his life at all costs. She wants to beg for mercy for him if he will only give up Aida. But Radamès spurns her, all he wants now is to die and he is led before the priests‘ court, accused of being a traitor. He remains silent in the face of the priests‘ accusations and is condemned to be locked up alive and left to die in a dungeon under the temple. Amneris curses the priests and maintains again and again that Radamès is innocent.
Radamès is awaiting death when he sees Aida, who has crept in to be with him. She wants to die in his arms. In their imagination they see the heavens opening to them. Aida collapses in his arms. Amneris begs for peace for Radamès.