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At the Opera - 10/6/12 - Verdi: Aida


Aida is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on a scenario often attributed to French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, although Verdi biographer Mary Jane Phillips-Matz has argued that the scenario was actually written by Temistocle Solera. Aida was first performed at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo on December 24, 1871, conducted by Giovanni Bottesini. Isma'il Pasha, Khedive of Egypt, commissioned Verdi to write the opera for performance in January 1871, paying him 150,000 francs, but the premiere was delayed because of the Franco-Prussian War. Contrary to popular belief, the opera was not written to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, nor that of the Khedivial Opera House (which opened with Verdi's Rigoletto) in the same year. Verdi had been asked to compose an ode for the opening of the Canal, but declined on the grounds that he did not write "occasional pieces". This 1962 cast stars Leontyne Price, Jon Vickers and Robert Merrill. Sir Georg Solti conducts the Rome Opera.

 
Saturday, October 06, 2012

Play List

8:00p
8:00p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
8:10p
Giuseppe Verdi: Aida, Overture - La Scala; Claudio Abbado, conductor; Label: Sony FindBUY
8:21p
Giuseppe Verdi: Aida - Rome Opera; Sir Georg Solti, conductor; Label: Decca FindBUY
11:00p
11:18p
Samuel Barber: Anthony and Cleopatra: Give me my robe ; Label: RCA FindBUY
11:27p
Verdi: Otello / Act 1 - Già nella notte densa (Love Duet) - MET; Label: DG FindBUY
11:38p
R. Strauss: Salome Finale ; Label: Deutsche Grammophon FindBUY
11:52p
Rossini: Tancredi: Amori scendete - Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava; Oliver von Dohnanyi, conductor; Label: Naxos FindBUY
11:56p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY

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