opera about a slave
Verdi heroine, Slave of opera; Opera set in Egypt; Verdi opus;
Radames's love; Cairo debut of 1871; Elton John/Tim Rice
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may have the universe if I may have Italy” ~ Giuseppe
is an Italian opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The libretto
was written Antonio Ghislanzoni. It was first performed at Cairo
on December 24, 1871.
of Giuseppe Verdi" by Giovanni Boldini (1886) National
Gallery of Modern Art in Rome
Pasha, Khedive of Egypt, commissioned Verdi to write the opera to
celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, paying him
80,000 francs, but the premier was delayed because of
Franco-Prussian War. The opera was met with great acclaim and
continues to be a staple of the standard operatic repertoire.
There are many of recordings of it, and it is frequently
"triumphal scene" from Opera Pacific's production of
Aida in 2006, starring Angela Brown as Aida, Donnie Ray Albert as
Amonasro, Andrew Gangestad as Ramfis, Carl Tanner as Radames,
Milena Kitic as Amneris, and Stefan Szkafarowsky as King of
an Ethiopian princess, is captured into slavery in Egypt. A
military commander, Radames, struggles to choose between his love
for her, his loyalty to the Pharaoh. To complicate the story
further, Radames is loved by the Pharaoh's daughter Amneris,
although he does not return the feeling.
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