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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.

 
Saturday, September 21, 2013

Play List

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