Brian Jagde & Anita Rachvelishvili Lead New ‘Aida’ at the Bayerische Staatsoper

By Afton Wooten

Photo credit: Stefano Guindani

Bayerische Staatsoper is set to present Damiano Michieletto’s new production of Verdi’s “Aida.”

Michieletto describes his new production by saying, “It’s a civil war, where people are not ready for violence, where death is cruel because it steps into the everyday life, into families, among children. I don’t want to present it as a military story but as civil events.”  This marks his debut with the Bayerische Staatsoper.

Daniele Rustioni conducts the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and chorus. The cast includes Elena Stikhina, Anita Rachvelishvili, and Brian Jagde,  among others.

The premiere will takes place on May 15 and will be aired live on German radio station BR Klassik at 7 pm. The run goes through the beginning of June and then will be presented at the Munich Opera Festival – Opernfestspiele July 23-30.