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At The Opera, Verdi: Aida, November 26, 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 in 1869, for which Verdi had been invited to write an inaugural hymn, but had declined.


Aida – Renata Tebaldi

Radames – Mario del Monaco

Amneris – Ebe Stignani

Amonasro – Aldo Protti

Ramfis – Dario Caselli

Il Re – Ferando Corena

Coro e orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma

Alberto Erede – conductor

Decca - 1952


8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:12 p.m.
Verdi: Aida BUY Sata Cecilia of Rome; Alberto Erede, conductor
11:00 p.m.
11:05 p.m.
Verdi/Wagner: Opera Arias BUY from James Morris: Opera Arias; composed by Verdi/Wagner
11:26 p.m.
Elina Garanca BUY from Revive
11:29 p.m.
Elina Garanca BUY from Revive
11:36 p.m.
Puccini: La Boheme: O soave fanciulla BUY from La Boheme; composed by Puccini
11:41 p.m.
Ponchielli: La Gioconda: Cielo e mar BUY RCA Mario Lanza
11:45 p.m.
Verdi: Otello: Act Two: Si, pel ciel marmoreo giuro! - Mario Del Monaco BUY ; Von Karajan, conductor

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