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Oooh, I think I’ve heard about this one… refresh my memory?

Aida is an epic opera, written by Guiseppe Verdi and commissioned to open Cairo’s opera house in 1871.

Even if you don’t know much about the opera itself, you’ll probably recognise the Triumphal March which is billed as one of the most famous pieces of classical music ever written.

An Egyptian opera?


Aida opens with a rebellion brewing on Egypt’s borders. The country needs a hero to lead its army — enter Radamès.

Far from altruistic, Radamès hopes victory will help him win the heart of Aida, a slave girl who is secretly an Ethiopian princess.

Aida is torn between her love for the Egyptian hero and her despair for her homeland, Ethiopia.

And then what happens?

We’re not giving away any spoilers except to warn you Aida is an operatic tragedy so expect plot twists, double-crosses, treachery and a devastating finale.

What’s so special about this production?

Aida is co-production between Opera Queensland and Opera Australia and the two companies will bring this timeless tale to life with exciting new technology.

Ten towering digital screens create ever-changing floor-to-ceiling set pieces with immersive digital video designs ranging from rich symbolism to vivid landscapes.

Opulent costumes and props reflect the splendour of Egypt at the height of its power and, together with the dramatic video, turn Aida into a visual and musical feast.

Who will I see on stage?

Sensational Australian soprano Natalie Aroyan performs as the enslaved princess, Aida, while Elena Gabouri reprises her critically acclaimed turn as Aida’s rival, Amneris.

Diego Torre is a powerful Radamès, the man they both love.

Supporting cast members are complemented by the might of the combined Opera Queensland Chorus and Opera Australia Chorus.

AIDA plays QPAC Lyric Theatre, South Brisbane from 6 Dec 2023