by Giuseppe Verdi
This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story.
Set in ancient Egypt, Aida never loses sight of its three protagonists: Amneris, the proud daughter of the pharaoh; her slave, Aida, who is the princess of the rival kingdom of Ethiopia; and Radamès, the Egyptian warrior they both love.
Few operas have matched Aida in its exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty.
Daniele Rustioni conducts.
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Start time: 10:00 AM on Capital Public Radio.
Approximate running time 3 hrs 45 min