Aida (Opera Explained CD)

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Aida (Opera Explained CD)
by Thomson Smille (Author), Thomson Smillie (Author), David Timson (Narrator)
Series: Opera Explained
Audio CD: 1 pages
Publisher: Naxos Educational (January 1, 2002)
Language: English

Set in Ancient Egypt and the war with Ethiopia, this opera tells the story of the love between Rhadames, the Egyptian general and Aida, an Ethiopian slave and the jealousy of Amneris, daughter of the King of Egypt.

Track Listing
1    Introduction    00:03:50    Timson, David
2    Verdi's three periods in a sixty-year span    00:01:38    Timson, David
3    The political backround    00:02:19    Timson, David
4    Aida - the beginnings    00:03:36    Timson, David
5    The Prelude and Act I    00:16:48    Timson, David
6    Act II    00:06:07    Timson, David
7    The Grand March    00:09:38    Timson, David
8    Act III    00:06:37    Timson, David
9    Act IV    00:04:52    Timson, David
10    The death scene    00:07:44    Timson, David

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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