Aida (Opera Classics Library Series) (Opera Classics by Burton D. Fisher

By Burton D. Fisher

A complete advisor to Verdi's AIDA, that includes a newly translated LIBRETTO with song EXAMPLES, critical Characters, short tale Synopsis, tale Narrative with song spotlight Examples, a Discography, a Videography, a Dictionary of Opera and Musical phrases, and insightful statement and research of the opera.

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Vieni, o diletta, appresati, schiava non sei nè ancella, qui, dove in dolce fascino io ti chiamai sorella. Piangi? Delle tue lacrime svela il segreto a me. and what a look he gives her! Aida! ) (turning to Aida) Come, dearest friend, come near to me, I no longer call you slave; here with gentle affection I call you my sister. You weep? Tell me the secret behind your tears. Aida: Ohimè! di guerra fremere l’atroce grido io sento. Per l’infelice patria, per me per voi pavento. Aida: Alas! I hear the atrocious shouts of vicious battle.

Radames: (Il dolor che in quel volto favella al mio sguardo la rende più bella; ogni stilla del pianto adorato nel mio petto ravviva l’amor) Radames: (looking at Aida) (The sorrow in her face makes her more beautiful to me. ) Amneris: (Quali sguardi sovr’essa ha rivolti! Di qual fiamma balenano i volti! Ed io sola, avvilita, reietta? ) Amneris: (What glances he makes toward her! ) And I, reviled, rejected? ) Amonasro: Tua pietà, tua clemenze imploriamo...... Amonasro: We implore you, pity, mercy......

Trio: Aida, Radames, and Amneris Pharaoh’s procession arrives. A messenger delivers grave news telling of an invasion into Egypt by the Ethiopians led by their indomitable king, Amonasro. They have devastated and burned crops and, emboldened by their easy victory, are now marching on Thebes. Pharaoh proclaims war, and his people approve with emotional outbursts of “Guerra, guerra”(“War, war”). Pharaoh turns to Radames and announces that their venerated goddess, Isis, has chosen him to command their legions against the Ethiopians.

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