Librettist: Antonio Ghislanzoni
Based on a story by Auguste Mariette
Egypt at the time of the Pharoah's.
24th December, 1871; Cairo, Egypt.
Aïda, an Ethiopian princess, is torn between love of her homeland, family and the man who loves her. Radames, is the man Aïda loves. He is appointed Commander of the Egyptian Army and sent off to fight the Ethiopian invasion. Amneris senses the feelings between Aïda and Radames which angers her for she is also in love with Radames. Radames returns to Egypt victorious along with a group of Ethiopian prisoners. Included in the group is Amonasro, Aïda's father. Amonasro manipulates Aïda into discovering the battle plan of the Egyptian Army from Radames. He is discovered giving the details to Aïda and Amonasro by Amneris and is sentenced to be buried alive. Aïda is an opera in which emotions run wild and you can probably identify with at least one of the characters.
Triumphal scene from Act II
O Patria Mia
Final Trio: O terra, addio
Copyright © 1996, Stephen L. Parker