Plácido conducts last performance of Sonja Frisell’s ‘Aida’ at the Met

Aida opens at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm. It is performed fourteen times with two casts through March 7, 2019. From $25

This is the last season for Sonja Frisell’s production. ‘Aida’ will return in the 2020-2021 season with a brand new production.

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Aida is a grand opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi with an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni.

It was written for the opening of the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo, Egypt in 1871. It was first performed in the United States at New York City’s Academy of Music in 1873. Aida premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1886.

Musical highlights include:

  • Celeste Aida at the beginning of Act I
  • Ritorna vincitor! in Act I
  • The chorus in the Triumphal Scene in Act II
  • Qui Radamès verrà! … O patria mia in Act III


The opera is set in ancient Egypt during the time of the pharaohs.

Aida 2018


This is Sonja Frisell’s production.

Alexei Ratmansky did the choreography.


  • Aida is an Ethiopian princess.
  • The King of Egypt.
  • Amneris is the daughter of the king.
  • Radamès is the captain of the guard.
  • Amonasro is the King of Ethiopia.
  • Ramfis is a high priest
  • A messenger
  • Voice of the High Priestess


There are two casts: one in September and October, and another in January, February and March.

Fall 2018 Cast

Nicola Luisotti (Italian) conducts. He is currently the Associate Director at Madrid’s Teatro Real. He was the music director of the San Franciso Opera from 2009 – 2018.

Russian soprano Anna Netrebko is Aida.
American soprano Tamara Wilson is Aida on October 15 and 18.

Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili is Amneris.

Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko is Radamès.

American baritone Quinn Kelsey is Amonasro.

Russian bass Dmitry Belosselskiy is Ramfis.

American bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is The King.

Winter 2019 Cast

Italian Nicola Luisotti conducts.
Spanish – Mexican opera legend Plácido Domingo conducts in February and March.

American soprano Kristin Lewis is Aida.

American soprano Dolora Zajick is Amneris in January.
Russian mezzo-soprano Olesya Petrova is Amneris in February and March.

Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko is Radamès.
South Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee is Radamès in January.

American baritone Quinn Kelsey is Amonasro.
Italian baritone Roberto Frontali is Radamès in January.

Ukrainian bass Vitalij Kowaljow is Ramfis in January.
Slovakian bass Štefan Kocán is Ramfis in February and March.

American bass Soloman Howard is The King.

Aida Performances

Fall 2018 Cast

September 26, Wednesday at 7:30 pm
September 29, Saturday at 8 pm

October 2, Tuesday at 7:30 pm
October 6, Saturday at 1 pm

October 11, Thursday at 7:30 pm

October 15, Monday at 7:30 pm
October 18, Thursday at 8 pm

Winter 2019 Cast

January 7, Monday at 7:30 pm
January 11, Friday at 7:30 pm

January 14, Monday at 7:30 pm
January 18, Friday at 7:30 pm

February 28, Thursday at 7:30 pm. Plácido Domingo conducts the remaining performances.

March 4, Monday at 7:30 pm
March 7, Thursday at 7:30 pm

Aida Tickets

From $25

Metropolitan Opera ticket prices vary with demand. Prices go up as an opera nears the end of its run.

Metropolitan Opera House Box Office

Monday – Saturday: 10 am -6 pm
Sunday: 12 noon – 6 pm


(212) 362-6000

Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: Noon – 6 pm


Rush Tickets

$25 Rush tickets for the day’s show are available at

You can buy two tickets to one performance every seven days.

Rush tickets go on sale:

  • Monday – Friday at 12 noon
  • Matinees (four hours before curtain)
  • Saturday evenings at 12 noon

Visit Aida

The Metropolitan Opera House is the central theater in Lincoln Center Plaza.


(1) to 66th St / Lincoln Center


M5, M7, M10, M11, M66 and M104


Pick-up/Drop Off: Columbus Ave at West 64th St

Lincoln Center parking lots are accessible at:

  • 62nd St (between Columbus and Amsterdam)
  • 65th St (between Amsterdam and Broadway)


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