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At The Opera, Verdi: Aida, May 21, 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. Giovanni Bottesini conducted after Verdi himself withdrew. Today the work holds a central place in the operatic canon, receiving performances every year around the world; at New York's Metropolitan Opera alone, Aida has been sung more than 1,100 times since 1886. Ghislanzoni's scheme follows a scenario often attributed to the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette.

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 (1870–71), during the Franco-Prussian War, when the scenery and costumes were stuck in the French capital, and Verdi's Rigoletto was performed instead. 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.

Cast:

Aida - Renata Tebaldi

Radames - Mario del Monaco

Amneris - Ebe Stignani

Amonasro - Aldo Protti

Ramfis - Dario Casalli

The King - Fernando Corena

Chorus and Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia of Rome

Alberto Erede - conductor

London Records 1952 (mono)

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Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:12pm
Verdi: Aida BUY Sata Cecilia of Rome; Alberto Erede, conductor
11:00pm
11:12pm
Donizetti: Act I: Cruda, Funesta Smania - Piero Cappuccilli/Renzo Casellato/Bernard Ladysz BUY from Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Maria Callas [Highlights]; composed by Donizetti
11:14pm
Donizetti: Act I: Sulla Tomba...Qui Di Sposa Eterna Fede...Ah! Talor Del Tuo Pensiero...Verrano A Te - Ferruccio Tagliavani/Maria Callas BUY from Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Maria Callas [Highlights]; composed by Donizetti
11:24pm
Donizetti: Act II: Sestetto: Chi Mi Frena - Ferruccio Tagliavani/Maria Callas/Bernard Ladysz/Leonard Del Ferro/Margreta Elkins/..... BUY from Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Maria Callas [Highlights]; composed by Donizetti
11:27pm
Donizetti: Act III: Il Dolce Suono...Ardon Gli Incensi...Spargi D'amaro Pianto - Maria Callas/Bernard Ladysz/Renzo Casellato/Philharmonia Chor/Tullio Serafin/.... BUY from Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor / Maria Callas [Highlights]; composed by Donizetti
11:44pm
Mario Lanza: Drink, Drink, Drink (from "The Student Prince") - Mario Lanza BUY from Mario Lanza The Toast of Hollywood
11:47pm
Mario Lanza: Arrivederci, Roma (featured in "The Seven Hills of Rome") BUY from Mario Lanza The Toast of Hollywood

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