By Burton D. Fisher
A accomplished consultant to Verdi's AIDA, that includes a newly translated LIBRETTO with tune EXAMPLES, primary Characters, short tale Synopsis, tale Narrative with tune spotlight Examples, a Discography, a Videography, a Dictionary of Opera and Musical phrases, and insightful observation and research of the opera.
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Glory! Glory to the Pharaoh! Donne: S’intrecci il loto al lauro sul crin dei vincitori! Nembo gentil di fiori stenda sull’armi un vel. Danziam, fanciulle egizie, le mistiche carole, come d’intorno al sole Danzano gli astri in ciel! Women: Weave the lotus and the laurel for the crown of the victors! A gentle shower of flowers! Spread a veil on the armies. We dance, Egyptian daughters, the mystic dance like the stars of heaven around the sun! Ramfis, Sacerdoti: Della vittoria agl’arbitri supremi il guardo ergete; grazie agli Dei rendete nel fortunato dì.
One more word and I will know the truth. I have deceived you.. Radames lives! Aida: Vive! Ah, grazie, o Numi! Aida: He lives! Ah, thanks to the gods! Amneris: E ancor mentir tu speri? Sì, tu l’ami! Ma l’amo anch’io, intendi tu? Son tua rivale, figlia dei Faraoni. Amneris: And you still lie to me? Yes. You love him! But I love him too. Do you understand? I am your rival, a daughter of the Pharaohs. Aida: Mia rivale! Ebben sia pure... Anch’io son tal.............. Aida: Mi rival! So be it. I am also a.........................
Aida reluctantly consents; she will secure the secret information from Radames. Radames appears for his rendezvous with Aida. Radames: “Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida” AIDA Page 39 Aida initially spurns Radames, condemning him as the spouse of Amneris, but Radames contradicts her and swears that his only love is Aida. When Aida asks him how he expects to free himself from Amneris, Radames claims that if he defeats the Ethiopians, Pharaoh will reward him. He will ask for Aida as his prize. But Aida is more realistic and pessimistic, and advises him that his dreams are in vain.
Aida (Opera Classics Library Series) (Opera Classics Library) by Burton D. Fisher