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Music Appreciation

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mahatmakanejeeves

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Sun Dec 24, 2023, 07:03 AM Dec 2023

On this day, December 24, 1871, Aida was first performed. [View all]

Aida



Cover of a very early vocal score, c. 1872

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

Aida (or Aïda, Italian: [aˈiːda]) is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. Set in the Old Kingdom of Egypt, it was commissioned by Cairo's Khedivial Opera House and had its première there on 24 December 1871, in a performance conducted by Giovanni Bottesini. 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. Ghislanzoni's scheme follows a scenario often attributed to the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, but Verdi biographer Mary Jane Phillips-Matz argues that the source is actually Temistocle Solera.

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Giuseppe Verdi - Aida - Triumphal March - The MET 15.12.2012

Alex Levchenko

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Giuseppe Verdi - Aida - Triumphal March - The MET 15.12.2012

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Sat Dec 24, 2022: On this day, December 24, 1871, Aida was first performed.

Fri Dec 24, 2021: On this day, December 24, 1871, Aida was first performed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/December_24

• 1871 – Aida, one of Giuseppe Verdi's most popular operas, made its debut in Cairo, Egypt.
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