Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street North West, Washington, DC 20566

Washington National Opera - Aida Poster

Washington National Opera - Aida

Closed September 23, 2017

A stunning reimagining of Verdi's operatic triumph.

Why See Washington National Opera - Aida?

A modern treatment of Verdi's epic opera

Washington Opera present a brand-new, exciting restaging of Verdi's epic, in a co-production with San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, and Minnesota Opera. The first staging of Aida in 25 years, this marks a watershed moment in Washington, with brand-new visuals by RETNA and a more modernistic setting. With parkour and modern dance in the background, the story of the two warring societies is giving a more relevant background that closely mirrors the Arab Spring. Directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Michael Christie, the role of Aida will be shared between Tamara Wilson and Amber Wagner, with Ekaterina Semenchuk and Marina Prudenskaya singing the role of Amneris.

A beautiful Ethiopian princess currently lives in the city of Thebes as a slave to the Pharoah's daughter. She is secretly in love with the military hero Radames, however he is pursued by Amneris, the Egyptian King's daughter, herself a princess. Nobody knows Aida's true identity, which has kept her safe up to now, and her father in Ethiopia is making battle plans to take her back, disguises as a common soldier within his troops. Amneris, suspecting that Aida is her love rival, draws in the naive girl with false friendliness in order to draw her secret out, after all, how could a man choose a foreigner over her, a princess? After Radames leads the Egyptians in defending their land, he succeeds in capturing the Ethiopian king as well as thousands of others.

show content hide content

Additional Information


Opening night: 9 September 2017


Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

Three hours

And before you stop reading

In Italian with Projected English Titles

What you thought

4 reviews, average rating: (2.5 Stars)

2.5 star rating

Minna K.: “A Moving Performance ”

Knowing that the Washington National Opera apparently does not believe... more

Angela Callahan: “Aida September 16”

When choosing to go almost ridiculously high concept in physical aesthetics... more

Read all reviews Write a review


Venue home

Venue home







Additional Information

seating chart
SeatingSeating map

Spread the word!

Keep up to date!

Straight to your inbox

Please note: The term Kennedy Center Opera House and/or Washington National Opera - Aida as well as all associated graphics, logos, and/or other tradermarks, tradenames or copyrights are the property of the Kennedy Center Opera House and/or Washington National Opera - Aida and are used herein for factual descriptive purposes only. We are in no way associated with or authorized by the Kennedy Center Opera House and/or Washington National Opera - Aida and neither that entity nor any of its affiliates have licensed or endorsed us to sell tickets, goods and or services in conjunction with their events.