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Opera Guide: Aida

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
Thematic Guide
Aida: Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni
Aida: English version by Edmund Tracey
Bibliography / Discography

ENO Libretto 2
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Page extent:96 pages
Size: 21.5 x 14 cm portrait
Binding: Paperback
ISBN: 9780714544069