Based on a story by Auguste Mariette
Cast of Characters
Aïda, Soprano, an Ethiopian princess enslaved in Egypt
Amneris, Mezzo-Soprano, Egyptian Princess
High Priestess, Soprano
Radames, Tenor, Egyptian army captain
Amonasro, Baritone, Ethiopian King and father of Aïda
Ramfis, Bass, High Priest of Isis
King of Egypt, Bass, Amneris' father
Priests, priestesses, dancers, slaves, gaurds and soldiers, Egyptian populace and Ethiopian prisoners of war.
Egypt at the time of the Pharoah's.
Premiered 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.
Memorable sections of music
Triumphal scene from Act II
O Patria Mia
Final Trio: O terra, addio
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