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Saturday, September 21, 2013 Permalink

At The Opera, Verdi: Aida - September 21, 2013

  

Aida is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. Aida was first performed at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo on December 24, 1871.

Isma'il Pasha, Khedive of Egypt, commissioned Verdi to write the opera for performance in January 1871, paying him 150,000 francs, but the premiere was delayed because of the Franco-Prussian War. Contrary to popular belief, the opera was not written to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, nor that of the Khedivial Opera House (which opened with Verdi's Rigoletto) in the same year. Verdi had been asked to compose an ode for the opening of the Canal, but declined on the grounds that he did not write "occasional pieces".

This 1974 EMI recording stars Montserrat Caballe and Placido Domingo. Riccardo Muti conducts.

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:02pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Aida BUY New Philharmonia Orchestra; Riccardo Muti, conductor Montserrat Caballe Placido Domingo
11:00pm
11:09pm
Umberto Giordano: Andrea Chenier: Aria and duet BUY Vienna State Opera; Lovro von Matacic, conductor Renata Tebaldi / Franco Corelli
11:31pm
Amilcare Ponchelli: La Gioconda, opera in 4 acts: Act 2. Cielo e mar! BUY Jussi Bjorling
11:35pm
Gioachino Rossini: Stabat mater for 2 sopranos, tenor, bass, chorus & orchestra: Cujus animam BUY Jussi Bjorling
11:39pm
Friedrich von Flotow: Martha, opera: Act 3. M'apparì tutt'amor BUY Jussi Bjorling
11:43pm
Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme aria and duet BUY RAI Symphony ; Alberto Paoletti, conductor Renata Tebaldi / Giuseppe di Stefano
11:52pm
Arturo Buzzi-Peccia: Lolita BUY ; Ray Sinatra, conductor Mario Lanza
11:56pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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