Salzburg Festival Is Casting For Verdi’s ‘Aida’ Starring Anna Netrebko

By Francisco Salazar

Have you ever dreamed of joining Anna Netrebko on stage? The Salzburg Festival could make that a reality as it is currently casting supers for its new production of Verdi’s “Aida.”

The festival is looking for athletic men from ages 20 to 60 and is holding auditions on Jan. 12 at 6 pm at the Karl Bohm auditorium.

The supers are expected to begin rehearsals on July 3 and be able to participate in the full run of the production from August 6 to the 25.

The production will be directed by filmmaker Shirin Neschat and will be conducted by Riccardo Muti.

Anna Netrebko will make her role debut in the title role of the opera. “Aida” will mark her sixth Verdi role as she has already performed in the composer’s “Giovanna D’Arco,” “Macbeth,” “Rigoletto,” “Il Trovatore,” and “La Traviata.” It will also mark the third collaboration between Muti and Netrebko. The two first collaborated in 2013 on Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” and later performed a recital together.

The soprano will be joined alongside Francesco Meli, who previously starred with Netrebko in “Giovanna d’Arco,” and ” Il Trovatore” at Salzburg. Ekaterina Semenchuck will return to the festival in the role of Amneris while Luca Salsi and Dmitry Belosselskiy round out the cast in a production that is expected to be the highlight of the festival. Muti will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic with Vittoria Yeo and Yusif Eyvazov singing two alternate performances.