Aida Egyptian Revival Necklace with Lapis Pendant

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Aida Egyptian Revival Necklace with Lapis Pendant

This exquisite gold-finished pewter necklace features a deep lapis lazuli cabochon set in an oval pendant. It has an 18” long chain and

Patterned after an Egyptian revival necklace designed in the Castellani workshop in mid-19th-century Naples, Italy. The original was made of gold with carved gemstone cabochons.

Reminiscent of the ancient Egyptian-inspired costumes designed for the Met’s spectacular production of Aida.

  • Egyptian
  • 19th - 20th Century
  • From the collection of the Walters Art Museum
  • Lapis lazuli cabochon
  • Gold-finished pewter
  • Lobster claw closure
  • 18` L
  • Gift box included
     

History

Aida

This grandest of grand operas, Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story set in ancient Egypt packed with magnificent choruses, dramatic arias, complex ensembles and elaborate ballets. The opera is, at its core, a profound exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty.

The score of this 4-act opera is a sophisticated example of Italian Romanticism as heard in the “Celeste Aida” right at the beginning of Act I, her impassioned “Ritorna vincitor!” that follows and her great internal journey, “Qui Radamès verrà! O patria mia” in Act III. At the center of Act II, is the great Triumphal Scene, which ranks among opera’s most celebrated moments.

Notable performances include a 1955 production conducted by Tullio Serafin with Maria Callas as Aida and Richard Tucker as Radamès, as well as a 1959 performance conducted by Herbert van Karajan with Renata Tebaldi as Aida and Carlo Bergonzi as Radamès.

Today the work holds a central place in the operatic canon, receiving performances every year around the world.

At the Metropolitan Opera alone, Aida has been performed more than 1,500 times since 1886 and was presented again in the Met’s 2018–19 season.

Aida was commissioned by and first performed at Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House on December 24, 1871.

 

 

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