Opera in four acts, libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on a scenario by Auguste Mariette
Composer: Verdi, Giuseppe 1813 - 1901
English version by Edmund Tracey (made for English National Opera)
One of the composer’s last operas, Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida was first performed at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo on 24 December 1871, and met with great acclaim. Verdi did not attend the premiere, but was dissatisfied that the audience consisted of invited dignitaries, and no members of the general public. He therefore considered the Italian (and European) premiere, held at La Scala, Milan on 8 February 1872 - in which he was heavily involved - to be its real premiere. The opera remains a favourite with audiences world-wide, and is particularly famous for its spectacle, and the second act Grand March, during which Radames returns with the Egyptian army from victory over the Ethiopians. SYNOPSIS: Ancient Egypt. Aida, an Ethiopian princess, is captured and brought into slavery in Egypt. A military commander, Radames, struggles to choose between his love for her and his loyalty to the Pharaoh. To complicate the story further, Radames is loved by the Pharaoh’s daughter Amneris, although he does not return her feelings.