Muti Conducts Verdi Aida

Jun 21

8:00 PM


Friday, June 21, 2019

“For more than 40 years, Riccardo Muti has been the king of Verdi conductors, the one who most makes you feel you are hearing the composer’s operas for the very first time” (The New York Times). Through his tenure as music director, Muti has conducted highly acclaimed CSO performances of Verdi operas, including a landmark presentation of Falstaff in 2016. The maestro now leads a concert performance of Verdi’s grandest opera, the triumphant Aida, featuring a spectacular cast of international singers and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.


Verdi Aida


Riccardo Muti conductor

Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe chorus director
Krassimira Stoyanova soprano (Aida)
Anita Rachvelishvili mezzo-soprano (Amneris)
Francesco Meli tenor (Radamès)
Kiril Manolov baritone (Amonasro)
Ildar Abdrazakov bass (Ramfis)
Eric Owens bass-baritone (The King)
Issachah Savage tenor (Messenger)
Kimberly Gunderson soprano (The Priestess)
Tasha Koontz soprano (The Priestess)


Preconcert conversation with Carl Grapentine
30 minute run-time

Friday, June 21, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Sunday, June 23, 1:45-2:15 Armour Stage
Tuesday, June 25, 6:15-6:45 Armour Stage

Additional Dates for this Program


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These performances are generously sponsored by the Zell Family Foundation, Theckla Family Fund, Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin, Margot and Josef Lakonishok, Julie and Roger Baskes, Nancy and Sanfred Koltun, Ms. Marion A. Cameron, Mr. Daniel Fischel and Ms. Sylvia Neil, Sue and Melvin Gray, Pamela Kelley Hull and Roger B. Hull, Sandra and Earl Rusnak, Jr., Anonymous, Jared Kaplan and Maridee Quanbeck, Chet Gougis and Shelley Ochab, and Ling Z. and Michael C. Markovitz.

The appearance of the Chicago Symphony Chorus is made possible by a generous gift from Jim and Kay Mabie.

This program is supported in part by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.