Composer:Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:Tullio Serafin


Aida (sometimes spelled Aïda, pronounced /ɑːˈiːdɑː/ ah-EE-dah, from Arabic: عايدة‎, pronounced [ˈʕaːjdah], an Arabic female name meaning "visitor" or "returning") is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on a scenario written by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette. Aida was first performed at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo on 24 December 1871, conducted by Giovanni Bottesini.

Overview: Aida, an Ethiopian princess, is captured and brought into slavery in Egypt. A military commander, Radames, struggles to choose between his love for her and his loyalty to the Pharaoh. To complicate the story further, Radames is loved by the Pharaoh's daughter Amneris, although he does not return her feelings.

Act 1

Scene 1: A hall in the King's palace; through the rear gate the pyramids and temples of Memphis

Ramfis, the high priest of Egypt tells Radames, the young warrior, that war with the Ethiopians seems inevitable, and Radames expresses the hope that he be chosen as the Egyptian commander. (Ramfis, Radames : Si, corre voce I'Etiope ardisca / "Yes, it is rumored that Ethiopia dares once again to threaten our power").

Radames dreams both of gaining victory on the battle field and of Aida, the Ethiopian slave, with whom he is secretly in love (Radames: Se quel guerrier io fossi!...Celeste Aida - "Heavenly Aïda"). Aida, who is also secretly in love with Radames, is the captured daughter of the Ethiopian King Amonasro, but her Egyptian captors are unaware of her true identity. Her father has invaded Egypt to deliver her from servitude.

Amneris, the daughter of the Egyptian King enters the hall. She too loves Radames, but fears that his heart belongs to somebody else (Radames, Amneris: Quale insolita gioia nel tuo sguardo - "In your looks I trace a joy unwanted").

Then Aida appears and, when Radames sees her, Amneris notices that he looks disturbed. She suspects that Aida could be her rival, but she is able to hide her jealousy and approaches her (Amneris, Aida, Radames: Vieni, o diletta, appressati / "Come, O delight, come closer").

The King enters, along with the High Priest, Ramfis, and the whole palace court. A messenger announces that the Ethiopians, led by King Amonasro, are marching towards Thebes. The King declares war and also proclaims Radames to be the man chosen by the goddess Isis as leader of the army (The King, Messenger, Radames, Aida, Amneris, chorus: Alta cagion v'aduna / "Oh fate o'er Egypt looming"). Upon receiving the mandate from the King, Radames proceeds to the temple of Vulcan to take up the sacred arms (The King, Radames, Aida, Amneris, chorus: Su! del Nilo al sacro lido / "On! Of Nilus' sacred river, guard the shores").

Alone in the hall, Aida is torn between her love for her father, her country, and Radames. (Aida: Ritorna vincitor - "Return a conqueror").

Scene 2: Inside the Temple of Vulcan

Solemn ceremonies and dances by the priestesses take place (High Priestess, chorus, Radames: Possente Ftha...Tu che dal nulla - "O mighty Ptah.") followed by the installation of Radames to the office of commander-in-chief. (High Priestess, chorus, Radames: Immenso Ftha .. Mortal, diletto ai Numi / "O mighty one, guard and protect!"). All present in the temple pray for the victory of Egypt and protection for their warriors (Nume, custode e vindice/ "Hear us, O guardian deity").

Act 2

Scene 1: The chamber of Amneris

Dances and music to celebrate Radames' victory take place (Chorus, Amneris: Chi mai fra gli inni e i plausi / "Our songs his glory praising"'). However, Amneris is still in doubt about Radames' love and wonders whether Aida is in love with the young warrior. She tries to forget her doubt, entertaining her worried heart with the dance of Moorish slaves (Chorus, Amneris: Vieni: sul crin ti piovano / "Come bind your flowing tresses").

When Aida enters the chamber, Amneris asks everyone to leave. By falsely telling Aida that Radames has died in the battle, she tricks her into professing her love for him. In grief, and shocked by the news, Aida confesses that her heart belongs to Radames eternally (Amneris, Aida: Fu la sorte dell' armi a' tuoi funesta / "The battle's outcome was cruel for your people...").

This confession fires Amneris with rage, and she plans on taking revenge on Aida. Ignoring Aida's pleadings, (Amneris, Aida, chorus: Su! del Nilo al sacro lido / "Up! at the sacred shores of the Nile") Amneris leaves her alone in the chamber.

Scene 2: The grand gate of the city of Thebes

Radames returns victorious and the troops march into the city (Chorus, Ramfis: Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside / "Glory to Egypt, to Isis!"). The Egyptian king decrees that on this day the triumphant Radames may have anything he wishes. The Ethiopian captives are rounded up and Amonasro appears among them. Aida immediately rushes to her father, but their true identities are still unknown to the Egyptians. Amonasro declares that the Ethiopian king (he himself) has been slain in battle. Aida, Amonasro and the captured Ethiopians plead with the Egyptian King for mercy, but the Egyptians call for their death (Aida, Amneris, Radames, The King, Amonasro, chorus: Che veggo! .. Egli? .. Mio padre! .. Anch'io pugnai / "What do I see?.. Is it he? My father?").

As his reward from the King, Radames pleads with him to spare the lives of the prisoners and to set them free. Gratefully, the King of Egypt declares Radames to be his successor and to be his daughter's betrothed (Aida, Amneris, Radames, The King, Amonasro, chorus: O Re: pei sacri Numi! .. Gloria all'Egitto / "O King, by the sacred gods..."). Aida and Amonasro remain as hostages to ensure that the Ethiopians do not avenge their defeat.

Act 3

On the banks of the Nile, near the Temple of Isis

Prayers are said (Chorus, Ramfis, Amneris: O tu che sei d'Osiride / "O thou who to Osiris art...") on the eve of Amneris and Radames' wedding in the Temple of Isis. Outside, Aida waits to meet with Radames as they had planned (Aida: Qui Radames verra .. O patria mia / "Oh, my dear country!").

Amonasro appears and forces Aida to agree to find out the location of the Egyptian army from Radames (Aida, Amonasro: Ciel, mio padre! .. Rivedrai le foreste imbalsamate / "Once again shalt thou gaze."). When he arrives, Amonasro hides behind a rock and listens to their conversation.

Radames affirms that Aida is the person he will marry ( Pur ti riveggo, mio dolce Aida .. Nel fiero anelito ; Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti .. La, tra foreste vergini / "I see you again, my sweet Aida!" ), and Aida convinces him to flee to the desert with her.

In order to make their escape easier, Radames proposes that they use a safe route without any fear of discovery and he also reveals the location where his army has chosen to attack. Upon hearing this, Amonasro comes out of hiding and reveals his identity. Radames feels dishonored. At the same time Amneris and Ramfis leave the temple and, seeing Radames with their enemy, call the guards. Amonasro and Aida try to convince Radames to escape with them, but he refuses and surrenders to the imperial guards.

Act 4

Scene 1: A hall in the Temple of Justice. To one side is the door leading to Radames' prison cell

Amneris ( L'aborrita rivale a me sfuggia / "My hated rival has escaped me") desires to save Radames. She calls for the guard to bring him to her.

She asks Radames to deny the accusations, but Radames refuses. Certain that, as punishment, he will be condemned to death, Amneris implores him to defend himself, but Radames firmly refuses. He is relieved to know Aida is still alive and hopes she has reached her own country (Amneris, Radames: Gia i Sacerdoti adunasi / "Already the priests are assembling"). His decision hurts Amneris.

Radames' trial takes place offstage; he does not reply to Ramfis' accusations and is condemned to death, while Amneris, who remains onstage, pleads with the priests to show him mercy. As he is sentenced to be buried alive, Amneris curses the priests while Radames is taken away (Judgment scene, Amneris, Ramfis, and chorus: Ahime! .. morir mi sento / "Alas... I feel death").

Scene 2: The lower portion of the stage shows the vault in the Temple of Vulcan; the upper portion represents the temple itself

Radames has been taken into the lower floor of the temple and sealed up in a dark vault. Thinking that he is alone and hoping that Aida is in a safer place, he hears a sigh and then sees Aida. She has hidden herself in the vault in order to die with Radames. (Radames and Aida: La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse. / "The fatal stone now closes over me.") They accept their terrible fate (Radames: Morir! Si pura e bella / "To die! So pure and lovely!") and bid farewell to earth and its sorrows. Above the vault in the temple of Vulcan, Amneris weeps and prays to the goddess Isis. In the vault below, Aida dies in Radames' arms. (Chorus, Aida, Radames, Amneris: Immenso Ftha / "Almighty Ptha.") 

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1 01 Preludio (Orchestra) 3:47 3.47 Mb 128 Kbps buy


1 02 Si, corre voce che I'Etiope ardisca 1:32 1.41 Mb 128 Kbps buy
2 03 Se quel guerriero io fossi! 1:00 0.92 Mb 128 Kbps buy
3 04 Celeste Aida 3:28 3.18 Mb 128 Kbps buy
4 05 Quale insolita gioia nel tuo sguardo! 3:25 3.13 Mb 128 Kbps buy
5 06 Vieni, o diletta, appressati 2:55 2.67 Mb 128 Kbps buy
6 07 Alta cagion v'aduna 3:16 2.99 Mb 128 Kbps buy
7 08 Su! del Nilo al sacro lido 2:56 2.70 Mb 128 Kbps buy
8 09 Ritorna vincitor! (Aida) 6:40 6.10 Mb 128 Kbps buy
9 10 Possente Ftha...Tu che dal nulla hai tratto 3:08 2.87 Mb 128 Kbps buy
10 11 Immense Ftha!.. Mortal, diletto ai numi 2:59 2.73 Mb 128 Kbps buy
11 12 Nume, custode e vindice 3:52 3.54 Mb 128 Kbps buy


1 13 Chi mai fra gl'inni e i plausi 2:59 2.73 Mb 128 Kbps buy
2 14 Danza degli schiavi mori - Dance of the Moorish slaves (Orchestra) 1:31 1.39 Mb 128 Kbps buy
3 15 Vieni, sul crin ti piovano 1:39 1.52 Mb 128 Kbps buy
4 16 Fu la sorte dell'armi a' tuoi funesta 5:33 5.08 Mb 128 Kbps buy
5 17 Pieta ti prenda del mio dolor 1:49 1.67 Mb 128 Kbps buy
6 18 Su! del Nilo al sacro lido...Numi, pieta 2:35 2.37 Mb 128 Kbps buy
7 19 Gloria all'Egitto, ad Iside 3:24 3.11 Mb 128 Kbps buy
8 20 Marcia trionfale - Triumphal march 1:39 1.51 Mb 128 Kbps buy
9 21 Ballabile - Ballet (Orchestra) 4:18 3.94 Mb 128 Kbps buy
10 22 Vieni, o guerriero vindice 2:18 2.10 Mb 128 Kbps buy
11 23 Salvator delia patria 2:11 2.01 Mb 128 Kbps buy
12 24 Che veggo! Egli Mio padre!...Anch'io pugnai... Ma tu, Re, tu signore possente 3:25 3.14 Mb 128 Kbps buy
13 25 II dolor ehe in quel volto favella 2:13 2.04 Mb 128 Kbps buy
14 26 O Re, pei sacri numi...Gloria all'Egitto 5:17 4.84 Mb 128 Kbps buy


1 27 O tu che sei d'Osiride 2:27 2.25 Mb 128 Kbps buy
2 28 Vieni d'Iside al tempio 2:14 2.05 Mb 128 Kbps buy
3 29 Qui Radames verra! 1:38 1.50 Mb 128 Kbps buy
4 30 O patria mia 5:24 4.94 Mb 128 Kbps buy
5 31 Ciel! mio padre! 1:09 1.05 Mb 128 Kbps buy
6 32 Rivedrai le foreste imbalsamate 6:56 6.34 Mb 128 Kbps buy
7 33 Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida 1:23 1.27 Mb 128 Kbps buy
8 34 Nel fiera anelito di nuova guerra 1:40 1.54 Mb 128 Kbps buy
9 35 Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti... La, tra foreste vergini 6:16 5.74 Mb 128 Kbps buy
10 36 Ma dimmi per qual via 3:18 3.02 Mb 128 Kbps buy


1 37 L'aborrita rivale a me sfuggia 3:07 2.86 Mb 128 Kbps buy
2 38 Gia i sacerdoti adunansi 6:36 6.04 Mb 128 Kbps buy
3 39 Ohime! morir mi sento! 2:31 2.30 Mb 128 Kbps buy
4 40 Spirto del nume 5:34 5.09 Mb 128 Kbps buy
5 41 A lui vivo, la tomba!...Sacerdoti compiste un delitto! 3:20 3.06 Mb 128 Kbps buy
6 42 La fatal pietra sovra me si chiuse 4:22 4.00 Mb 128 Kbps buy
7 43 Vedi Di morte l'angelo...lmmenso Ftha 1:42 1.56 Mb 128 Kbps buy
8 44 O terra, addio 4:52 4.46 Mb 128 Kbps buy

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