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At The Opera, Verdi: Aida, January 9, 2016

  

Aida is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. Set in Egypt, it was commissioned by and first performed at Cairo's Khedivial Opera House on December 24, 1871. Today the work holds a central place in the operatic canon, receiving performances every year around the world and at New York's Metropolitan Opera alone, Aida has been sung more than 1,100 times since 1886.

Isma'il Pasha, Khedive of Egypt, commissioned Verdi to write an opera for performance to celebrate the opening of the Khedivial Opera House, paying him 150,000 francs, but the premiere was delayed because of the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War. Aida eventually premiered in Cairo in late 1871. Contrary to popular belief, the opera was not written to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal.

Aida - Birgit Nilsson

Radames - Franco Corelli

Amneris – Grace Bumbry

Amonasro – Mario Sereni

Ramfis – Bonaldo Giaiotti

The King – Ferruccio Mazzoil

Orchestra del Teatro dell`Opera di Roma
Zubin Mehta, conductor
recorded in 1966

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:10pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Aida, Overture BUY La Scala; Claudio Abbado, conductor
8:21pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Aida BUY Rome Opera; Zubin Mehta, conductor Franco Corelli
11:00pm
11:13pm
Boito: Mefistofele: Dai Campi, Dai Prati BUY n/a; n/a, conductor John McCormack
Nimbus Records NI-1782-3
11:15pm
Mozart: Don Giovanni: Il Mio Tesoro BUY John McCormack
Nimbus Records NI-1782-3
11:20pm
Wagner: Die Meistersinger: Prize Song (Sung In English) BUY n/a; n/a, conductor John McCormack
Nimbus Records NI-1782-3
11:24pm
John McCormack-Arias: Killarney BUY from John McCormack-Arias, Recitals And Songs
Nimbus Records NI-1782-3
11:28pm
John McCormack-Arias: Acoustic Recordings: The Minstrel Boy BUY from John McCormack-Arias, Recitals And Songs
Nimbus Records NI-1782-3
11:31pm
John McCormack-Arias: Acoustic Recordings: I Hear You Calling Me BUY from John McCormack-Arias, Recitals And Songs
Nimbus Records NI-1782-3
11:34pm
John McCormack-Arias: Acoustic Recordings: Kathleen Mavourneen BUY from John McCormack-Arias, Recitals And Songs
Nimbus Records NI-1782-3
11:38pm
Verdi: Ernani - Odi il voto BUY La Scala; Claudio Abbado, conductor Luciano Pavarotti
CBS MK37228
11:43pm
Carl Maria von Weber: Oberon Ozean, du Ungeheuer BUY from Birgit Nilsson: Opera Arias; composed by Carl Maria von Weber
11:56pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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