By Francisco Salazar
The Metropolitan Opera will reprise Verdi’s “Aida” in a staging by Sonja Frisell, which will mark the last time the production will be seen on the Met stage.
The production, which premiered in 1988, has been performed over 240 times and features production designer Gianni Quaranta’s sets. The revival will be performed 15 times from Dec. 3, 2022 through April 27, 2023.
Soprano Latonia Moore, who made her Met debut in 2012 with this opera, returns to the title role. She will alternate with rising star Michelle Bradley.
The cast will also feature mezzo-sopranos Olesya Petrova and Anita Rachvelishvili, who both reprise the role of Amneris, with tenors Brian Jagde and Marcelo Álvarez sharing the role of Radamès.
Baritones George Gagnidze, Quinn Kelsey, and Luca Salsi portray Aida’s father Amonasro, with bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as the high priest Ramfis. Bass Krzysztof Bączyk makes his Met debut as the King, sharing the role with Alexandros Stavrakakis. Maestro Paolo Carignani leads from the podium.
When “Aida” returns to the Met in future seasons, the company will bring a new production by Michael Mayer, whose work with the company includes the Las Vegas “Rigoletto” and the current staging of “La Traviata.”
“Aida” will be broadcast on Dec. 2 and 21, 2022, and May 13, 2023 live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SiriusXM Channel 355. The May 13 performance will also be broadcast over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.