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Duration: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Giuseppe Verdi's Ancient Egyptian opera Aida in a spectacular outdoor production on Lake Constance, complete with a flying boat, half-submerged singers and a golden elephant on a barge. Presented from the floating stage of the Bregenz Festival, the opera tells the story of the doomed love of an Egyptian general for a captive Ethiopian princess, Aida.

Directed for the stage by Graham Vick with soprano Tatiana Serjan as Aida and tenor Rubens Pelizzari as General Radames. Carlo Rizzi conducts the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.

In Italian with English subtitles.

Last on

Sat 5 Jun 2010 01:50 BBC Four

  • Photo: The set of Aida

    Photo: The set of Aida

    The huge set of Graham Vick's production of Aida stretches across a shore of Lake Constance, situated on the Rhine at the northern foot of the Alps.

  • Photo: The cast of Aida

    Photo: The cast of Aida

    Floating on platforms on Lake Constance, the cast of Aida is here seen with a crane in the background.

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Costume designer
Paul Brown
Set Designer
Paul Brown
Tatiana Serjan
General Radames
Rubens Pelizzari
Graham Vick
Felix Breisach
Andy King-Dabbs
Andrea Parr
Executive Producer
Peter Maniura
Ron Howell


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