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AIDA (eye-EE-duh)

Italian opera about a slave
Common clues: Verdi heroine, Slave of opera; Opera set in Egypt; Verdi opus; Radames's love; Cairo debut of 1871; Elton John/Tim Rice musical
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Triumphal March from Aida

You may have the universe if I may have Italy” ~ Giuseppe Verdi

Aida 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.

"Portrait of Giuseppe Verdi" by Giovanni Boldini (1886) National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome

Ismail 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 performed.

The "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 Egypt.

Plot synopsis

Aida, 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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