March 09. 2024 - April 07. 2024

Upcoming Dates

March 09. 2024 - April 07. 2024

New-to-Chicago production Aida

Giuseppe Verdi

Opera at its grandest! While Aida delights audiences with its visual splendor, it also captivates them with a score ranging from exquisitely intimate arias to deeply dramatic duets and trios, and the most thrilling choruses Verdi ever composed. At Lyric Opera of Chicago, each of the five principal artists boasts not only a sumptuously beautiful voice, but also the charismatic presence to bring these characters and the opera's story of a riveting love triangle vividly to life. Conducting Francesca Zambello’s striking production will be Music Director Enrique Mazzola, acknowledged internationally as an exceptionally authoritative Verdian.

  • Language: Sung in Italian with projected English titles
  • Running Time: 3 hours, including 1 intermission
  • Location: Lyric Opera House

Lyric’s presentation of Verdi’s Aida is generously made possible by an Anonymous Donor, The Julius Frankel FoundationMary Patricia Gannon Trust, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Vance, Liz Stiffel, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, and ITW.

Maestro Enrique Mazzola is generously sponsored by Alice & John Butler, H. Gael Neeson, Sylvia Neil & Daniel Fischel, and the Robert and Penelope Steiner Family Foundation as members of the Enrique Circle.

Athletico is the official provider of physical therapy for Lyric.

Finding Home in AIDA: An Exploration of Otherness and Belonging

Opera Insights

Opera Insights

The event is moderated by WFMT host and Hearing in Color founder LaRob K. Rafael and features a panel of Aida principal cast members, Jamie Barton, Russell Thomas, and Reginald Smith, Jr. This illuminating discussion will feature panelists diving deep into the central themes of conflict and factionalism, Verdi’s attempts to musically depict ancient Egypt, and the lessons that contemporary audiences can learn from one of Verdi’s most famous operas.

Free and open to the public with advance registration. Registration is not required for ticket holders to the 3/13 performance.

Pre-opera talk

Speaker: Colin Ure

Join us in the Ardis Krainik Theatre one hour before your opera performance begins for a free, 30-minute preview talk discussing that day’s production.

Seating is unreserved, but a ticket for that day’s performance is required. Talks begin one hour before each performance and doors open approximately 15 minutes before the start of the talks.

Pre-opera talks are supported by Raynette and Ned Boshell.

A recorded version of the Pre-opera talk is available below. 

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The music featured is generously furnished by Warner Classics.

Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.







* Lyric debut
*** Ryan Opera Center Ensemble
** Ryan Opera Center alum

Program book

Go inside this production of Aida with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.


A co-production of San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, and Minnesota Opera.

Header image: Edward Wilensky/San Diego Opera