OPER: Giuseppe Verdi: Aida

With Verdi's opening opera "Aida" - we remember: 1871, Suez Canal, Cairo - the Festspiele present the first new production of the summer in the Festspielhaus. We will probably wait in vain for the "Elephants", too intimate is Verdi's masterpiece in reality. The central triumphal march splendour often obscures the view of the tragedy of three young people who are the plaything of power interest of a war-loving older generation of men, religious and political leaders. Although the score radiates a trumpet and serves the representative large tableaux of the "Grand Opéra", on closer inspection and listening it becomes apparent that Verdi here composes in delicate colours the breaking up of the naïve individual in the structures of a corrupt father generation. With Audrey Saint-Gil, Daniela Kerck and Andrea Schmidt-Futterer, an unconventional management team will take on the role, which will also implement this aspect of the score on its debut in Erl.

"Among all the monumental state actions and the Egyptian postcard idyll, one discovers in Verdi's third last opera Aida a very finely drawn soul landscape of three individuals who are interwoven in a fatal triangular relationship.

Aida, guarded and incapacitated, is deprived of her individuality as a slave in a totalitarian theocratic state and longs for her homeland and love. She finds this in Radames, the fiancé of the self-confident king's daughter Amneris. The soldier in love, chosen for a brilliant career, hopes after a victory against Aida's people that the world will become a better one. But the power of the system and the mutual betrayal is devastating for the three lovers, the passion becomes self-destruction and leads to resignation. Verdi's opera has no way out, only a shadow of utopia can be found in pace. Thus, in the course of the evening, a picture of total repression emerges, which has a depressing effect on us all the more as it shows a small distance from the present."


Sat. 6 July 2019 (Premiere)
Fri. 12 July 2019
Fri 19 July 2019

Program and cast

Musical direction: Audrey Saint-Gil
Direction and stage design: Daniela Kerck Costumes: Andrea Schmidt-Futterer
Choreography: Ilya Vlasenko 
Lightdesign: Andreas Hofer (Phoenix)
Visuals: Astrid Steiner


Il re: Raphael Sigling
Amneris: Teresa Romano
Aida Maria: Katzarava
Radamès: Ferdinand von Bothmer
Ramphis: Giovanni Battista Parodi
Amonasro: Andrea Silvestrelli
Messo: Denys Pivnitsky
Sacerdotessa: Giada Borrelli

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July 2019

Festspielhaus Erl



Designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Vienna, the extraordinary structure boasts 862 seats (130 of which are flexible seats near the orchestra) and the world’s largest orchestra pit (160-sq meters). The total useable surface is 7,000-square meter. General contractor was STRABAG, project manager Ing. Georg Höger.


The new Festspielhaus respects and compliments the architecture of the old Passionsspielhaus and its natural surroundings in a unique way: in the summer, when the Tyrolean Festival Erl or the Passion Plays take place at the white Passionsspielhaus, the dark Festspielhaus will blend with the dark forest, allowing the Passionsspielhaus to be dominant. In the winter it is the other way round: while the white Passionsspielhaus will fade into the surroundings, the dark Festspielhaus will stand out against the white landscape.


The Festspielhaus offers the modern infrastructure that has been sorely missing at the Passionsspielhaus, including a foyer with cloakroom, modern stage machinery, several rehearsal rooms and plenty of space for administrative offices. The Festspielhaus provides the Tyrolean Festival Erl with the basic conditions it needs to ensure the Festival’s success will continue into the future.




The Passionsspielhaus in Erl, built between 1957 and 159 on plans by architect Robert Schuller, is an architectural and acoustic masterpiece. The structure blends with its surroundings and is a visual extension of the adjoining mountains.
Thanks to its striking shape the Passionspielhaus instantly became Erl’s greatest landmark. Austria’s largest orchestra theater accommodates up to 1500 visitors. The 25-meter wide stage is tiered and provides a spectacular backdrop for the 500 passion play actors as well as the orchestra of the Tyrolean Festival Erl, which performs onstage as there is no orchestra pit. 


A café serving snacks and beverages was added in 1997 and an Art Room for 150 visitors was opened in 2003.  
When the Festspielhaus was renovated between October 2006 and April 2007 all sanitary facilities were upgraded; an “orchestra pit” with scissor lift and a substructure for the main stage were added; the auditorium got equipped with a deaf loop system and a new floor; the catwalk, the exterior design, the cellar beneath the donkey ramp, the refreshment stand, all electrical installations and the ventilation system were replaced; and the wardrobe and the stairway renovated.  






Germany, Eastern Austria
A8 Munich-Salzburg, Autobahndreieck Inntal, A 93, Motorway exit Nussdorf/Brannenburg or Oberaudorf/Niederndorf

Italy, Switzerland, Western Austria
Inntalautobahn A 12, motorway exit Kufstein Nord or Oberaudorf/Niederndorf; from Italy: after Brenner Pass take A 13 and A 12 (approx. 1 h 20 min to Erl); from the Swiss border it’s a 3 hour drive to Erl; the entire journey is on motorways and expressways.

In Austria, the use of motorways and expressways is subject to payment of a toll.

Munich – Erl approx. 1 hour by car
Salzburg – Erl approx. 1 hour by car
Innsbruck – Erl approx. 45 hour by car



All long distance and regional trains stop in Kufstein. 




Innsbruck (90 km),
Salzburg (90 km),
München (110 km).


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