Was Aida written for the opening of the Suez Canal?

Contrary to widespread belief, Aida was not written to celebrate the opening of the Suez canal in 1869. Verdi was actually commissioned by the Khedive of Egypt Ismail Pasha to write an opera to celebrate the opening of the khedivial opera house.

What type of opera is Aida?

French grand opera
Aida would have been impossible had it not been for Verdi’s experience of writing Don Carlos for the Paris Opéra. Aida is essentially a French grand opera in the Meyerbeer tradition, but sung in Italian.

What is the story of Aida the opera?

The story is a roller coaster of emotions told through Verdi’s powerful music. Aida is an Ethiopian princess held captive in Egypt, in love with a General, Radames, and he with her. When he is chosen to lead a war with Ethiopia, we follow the conflict of Aida’s love for both Radames and for her country.

Are there elephants in Aida?

No Live Elephants in Seattle Opera’s ‘Aida’

When did Verdi write Aida?

When Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) writes Aida in 1870, he is one of the most sought-after composers of the moment.

What language is Aida?


Is Aida a famous opera?

Today the work holds a central place in the operatic canon, receiving performances every year around the world; at New York’s Metropolitan Opera alone, Aida has been sung more than 1,100 times since 1886….

Librettist Antonio Ghislanzoni
Language Italian
Premiere 24 December 1871 Khedivial Opera House in Cairo

What is the best opera to start with?

1/5Five operas for beginners

  • La bohème. Puccini’s popular masterpiece wasn’t always so popular: when it premiered in 1896, the reception was tepid, with critics deriding the music for being too simple.
  • La traviata. Another Italian option, another love story.
  • The Magic Flute.
  • Peter Grimes.
  • The Barber of Seville.

What happens at the end of Aida?

Above the vault in the temple of Vulcan, Amneris weeps and prays to the goddess Isis. In the vault below, Aida dies in Radamès’ arms as the priests, offstage, pray to the god Ptah.

Did Verdi visit Egypt?

La Scala’s Aida duly followed on 8 February 1872, with Verdi himself there to enjoy the audience’s lavish applause – he had chosen not to travel to Egypt for the premiere, joking that he feared being ‘mummified’.

When was the first performance of Aida by Verdi?

Aida, is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on a scenario written by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette. Aida was first performed at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo on 24 December 1871, conducted by Giovanni Bottesini.

What was the last opera that Verdi wrote?

Little did he – or Verdi himself – know that Aida would be the maestro’s last new opera for more than a decade and a half. Aida followed Don Carlos, and each of those two operas belongs to a different strand in Verdi’s work.

What’s the difference between Don Carlos and Aida?

Aida followed Don Carlos, and each of those two operas belongs to a different strand in Verdi’s work. I think that Carlos is the end of a line that started with Foscari years before and comes up through such intimate pieces as Luisa Miller and the first version of Boccanegra.

What do we know about the staging of Aida?

We know a lot about the staging of Aida thanks to the ‘disposizione scenica’, or production book, of Verdi’s publisher, Giulio Ricordi, which describes the original sets and movements in detail. One cannot help wondering how 21st-century audiences would react to it.