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.

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Approximate concert duration: 198 minutes including intermission


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

Anita Rachvelishvili, whom Riccardo Muti calls the "world's best Verdi mezzo today, will be reunited for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's concert performances of Verdi's Aida. It will be just the second time that Muti and Rachvelishvili have worked together. She was a last-minute substitute in Verdi’s Requiem in November 2017 with Muti and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich. “It was always my dream to work with Maestro Muti, and it just came true like that,” she said. “Our Requiem was really beautiful, and I will never forget that experience. It was really magical.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Despite its grand-opera aspects, Verdi's Aida, which Riccardo Muti conducted for the first time in 1973, is "one of the composer's most refined scores," he observes. "Most of the time, it’s chamber music: many times there is just one person on stage — Aida alone, Radamès alone — or two, Aida and Amneris — or three. It is a very intimate opera." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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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.