Aida is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. Set in Egypt, it was commissioned by and first performed at Cairo's Khedivial Opera House on 24 December 1871; Giovanni Bottesini conducted after Verdi himself withdrew. Today the work holds a central place in the operatic canon, receiving performances every year around the world.
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In ancient Egypt, in the capital city, Memphis, an Ethiopian princess, Aida, is held prisoner in Egypt, and she lies about her identity. Now, she is a slave of Amneris, the Egyptian King’s daughter. An Egyptian General, Radames, is secretly in love with Aida, and she with him. Then, the Egyptian King appoints Radames to supreme commander against Ethiopia. Aida is deeply conflicted about her love for her country and her love for Radames.
Actually, Amneris, the Egyptian King’s daughter, also loves Radames. Radames wins a war, and returns to Egypt. The Egyptian King intends to reward Radames by bestowing Amneris on him, and for him to become the successor. Amneris is ecstatic, Radames is very confused, and Aida feels deep sorrow.
Among the prisoners, Aida recognizes her father, Amonasro, the Ethiopian King. He compels Aida to betray Radames by eliciting from him his military secrets. Aida proposes to Radames that they escape from Egypt and live together. Radames agrees and then he reveals a secret escape route to her. Then, Amneris appears and arrests him as a betrayer. Radames tells them to get away. So Aida and Amonasro run away through the secret route.
To leak military secrets results in the death penalty. Amneris offers to save Radames only if he promises to love and marry her. But, he refuses and is prepared to die.
Radames is buried alive in deep grave. He is surprised at the sight of Aida there. She has snuck into the grave before he was imprisoned. Together they wait for death to come.
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