Aida is, for most of us, the quintessence of Ancient Egypt, but it is certainly not just for archaeologists. Michael Rose points out that it is really about patriotism – an issue of burning importance to Verdi and his contemporaries. Music critic William Mann reflects that even a short look at the score reveals subtleties that repay careful listening. And Verdi’s own letters show the germs of the opera grow from suggestion to creation.
Contents: Verdi’s ‘Egyptian business’, Michael Rose; ‘Aida’ – Text and Music, William Mann; The Genesis of ‘Aida’, Roger Parker; Aida: Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni; Aida: English version by Edmund Tracey
All these will provide the new opera-goer with food for thought.
Brilliantly produced and superb value.
Wholehearted recommendation of this valuable new series.
Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) is one of Italy’s most celebrated opera composers. His best-known operas include Rigoletto, Il trovatore, La traviata and Aida.