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By Burton D. Fisher

A handy, pocket-sized advisor to Verdi's AIDA which contains the crucial CHARACTERS within the opera, the tale SYNOPSIS, a tale NARRATIVE WITH ONE-BAR song spotlight examples, and an essay offering heritage in regards to the opera and its composer, research, and insightful statement.

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Her mood varies from loving and sensuous to imperious, to explosions of anger, jealousy, and terror. ”) Amneris is a woman obsessed and possessed with her love for Radames, and she is determined to rid herself of Aida, her rival for his love. The Act II confrontation between Aida and Amneris is a marvel of Verdi’s striving toward his own unique musicodramatic ideal, a profound dramatic synthesis and fusion of text and music. For this scene, Verdi battled for every word and every detail in order to achieve dramatic emphasis.

Amneris is a woman whose heart beats desperately and ardently for Radames’s love. As she tries to reason with him, his intransigence inflames her: Verdi marked his score, “con agitazione, animando, con espressione” (“with agitation, animated, and with expression”). ”) The emotive power of Verdi’s music reveals her desperate soul. But Radames is indifferent and unsympathetic, and Amneris realizes that she has lost Radames to Aida. The split stage configuration in the final scene of Aida was Verdi’s own idea.

The only Italian opera composer who has rivaled Aida is Verdi himself, who would resurface 15 years later with perhaps the ultimate music drama, Otello, and later with Falstaff—the great Italian master’s reconciliation with the evolution of the operatic art form; the Italian music of the future. In Aida, Verdi ennobled powerful, towering, and intense human emotions and passions as each character faces conflicts of love, honor, and duty. Aida’s passions are timeless and ageless, perhaps the secret of its magical and eternal youth.

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