Act 1 of Aida is a big act from a big opera. From the ethereal prelude to the awesome invocation of the Egyptian god Phtha that brings the act to a close, the music and the drama are unforgettable. Radamès, the Egyptian general, is in love with the slave Aida, who is secretly the daughter of King Amonasro of Ethiopia. Aida loves Radamès, but is torn by the knowledge that her lover will soon lead his army against her father. And both of them are threatened by the jealous Princess Amneris, who wants Radamès for herself.

Preview Act 1 highlights in this video excerpt from the 1989 Metropolitan Opera performance (available on DVD here).

Our cast

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Soprano Deborah Mayer
Soprano Deborah Mayer as Aida
Soprano/Mezzo Emily Pulley
Soprano/Mezzo Emily Pulley as Amneris
Tenor David Gustafson
Tenor David Gustafson as Radamès
Baritone Marco Nistico
Baritone Marco Nisticò as Ramfis, High Priest
Baritone Zachary Lenox
Baritone Zachary Lenox as the King of Egypt
Soprano Tess Altiveros
Soprano Tess Altiveros as the High Priestess
Tenor Lawrence Barasa
Tenor Lawrence Barasa as a Messenger