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Giuseppe Verdi:
The Story of Aida


Giuseppe Verdi composed Aida for a new opera house in Cairo, Egypt that opened around the time as the opening of the Suez Canal. Aida is the story of an Ethiopian princess being held captive by Egyptians. One of the Egyptian generals is desperately in love with her, and she's in love with him -- but so is the daughter of the Egyptian king.

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About Giuseppe Verdi
10/10/1813 - 1/27/1901
Born in Italy

Giuseppe Verdi was born in the Italian town of Le Roncole. When he showed early talent, a music-loving grocer paid for his music education.

Back then, Italy was not a united country, and a lot of it was under Austrian rule. Nabucco, one of the earliest operas that Verdi wrote, included a chorus of Hebrew slaves longing for their country "so beautiful and lost." Italians latched onto Verdi's "Chorus of Hebrew Slaves" as an unofficial anthem for a nation that wasn’t even born yet.

Verdi and his music became part of the Italian struggle for independence. Even his name became a political statement. The letters V-E-R-D-I are the first letters of the phrase "Vittorio Emanuele, Rei D'Italia," which translates to "Victor Emanuel, King of Italy." Victor Emanuel was the man Italians wanted to be their ruler. When Italians shouted "Viva Verdi (long live Verdi)!" their Austrian rulers didn't know that they were talking politics, not opera, because the Austrians knew how much the Italians loved opera.

Verdi was one of the greatest opera composers who ever lived, and one of the few composers to die rich and famous!

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This Week's Quiz:

1. In what country does Aida take place?

Germany

Egypt

Israel

Iran

France


2.What is the name of the male star in Aida?

Radames

Amneris

King of Egypt

King of Ethiopia

Tutankhamen


3. Aida's father is the king of what country?

Ethiopia

Egypt

Germany

Italy

Syria



 

Giuseppe Verdi
Aida


Composed in 1871
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Oliver Dohnányi, conductor

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