Aida by Giuseppe Verdi is
certainly the most characteristic show of the baths, indissolubly
linked to roman summer nights, and since the first spectacular
performance in 1938 with Beniamino Gigli and Ebe Stignani has become
the opera symbol of the arena. So much that the writer Giorgio Vigolo
has coined for the Baths of Caracalla the name “Aideum”.
The great classic of Italian melodrama
is perfectly suited to majestic stagings with faraonic marches and
suggestive scenographies, well harmonized with the roman ruins that
work as backstage.
The opera was performed season after
season consecutively for many years collecting more than fifty
productions until now; and if it's easy criticize the restrain
repertoire, it must be underlined the enduring success of the play,
always committed to high level singers and conductors. The rule of
the main characters were played by italian and international singers
like Maria Pedrini, Anita Cerquetti, Antonietta Stella,Virginia
Zeani, Eva Marton, Leona Mitchell, Aprile Millo, Micaela Carosi,
Fiorenza Cossotto, Giulietta Simionato, Mario Del Monaco, Franco
Corelli, Carlo Bergonzi, Nicola Martinucci, Gino Bechi, Giulio Neri,
Tito Gobbi, Aldo Protti, Raffaele Ariè, Nicola Ghiuselev.