NAXOS VERDI CD - Opera Explained: An Introduction to... Verdi Aida, written by Thomson Smillie, narrated by David Timson. Ancient Egypt & the war with Ethiopia is he setting for Verdi's grandest opera. it is the story of the love between Rhadames, the Egyptian general & Aida, an Ethiopian slave, & the jealousy of Amneris, daughter of the King of Egypt. It was written in 1871 to a commission from the Khedive of Egypt to inaugurate the new opera house in Cairo.
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