In March, a very unusual AIDA production will come to Berlin with “AIDA – Das Arena Opern Spektakel”. An opera event of superlatives that uses all the possibilities of modern technology as an immersive experience. This AIDA is an opera event for everyone. Whether young or old, classic fan or newcomer. A wonderful and dramatic love story presented at the highest musical level. Verdi would certainly have liked this production too.
The main character is the Ethiopian king's daughter Aida, imprisoned at the court of the Egyptian pharaoh. There she falls in love with the brave commander Radames, who, however, goes to war against her homeland and plunges Aida into a deep conflict. Should she remain loyal to her lover or support her father, the Ethiopian king Amonasro, who, still unknown, was captured by Radames during his victorious campaign. And Radames also has to make a choice – between his love for Aida and his loyalty to the Egyptian fatherland. Destiny takes its course.
The entire arena becomes a playing field to give the army of Radames or the entourage of Princess Amneris and the associated elaborate choreographies the space they deserve, but also to visually present the power of the priests and their chief Ramfis or the homeland of the Ethiopian princess AIDA impressively to stage. Egypt's lifeline, the Nile, “flows” over the audience's heads onto the stage in the form of almost 700 square meters of shiny blue satin. Fireworks are set off at the triumphant return of the victorious Egyptian army.
"AIDA - Das Arena Opern Spektakel 2024" was created not for a classic opera house and audience, but for the large multifunctional arenas.
The spectators experience the soloists up close. Directly and immediately in the audience and on an LED wall above the stage, which visually supports the presentation and brings the game to every seat. The main element of the stage, a 12 meter high and 28 meter wide temple facade, also serves as a projection surface.
Another visual highlight is the female elephant "Ayana": At almost five meters high, the lifelike-looking model of an oversized African elephant is a real eye-catcher. It is moved by nine puppeteers. Princess Amneris will even ride him.
The indoor playing area covers a total of more than 800 square meters. After all, the 250 participants, including the 60-strong Hanseatic Symphonic Orchestra, which sits directly on the stage, the 40-strong choir, 50 dancers, a children's ballet and around forty performers need space.
This show uses all the possibilities that modern shows and event locations can offer to experience the action with all your senses.