By the late 1860s, Giuseppe Verdi was in his mid-50s and the most famous Italian opera composer of his time. He didn’t need to write any more operas to be able to spend the rest of his life with both fame and wealth. But a request from the ruler of Egypt for an opera that would be performed to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal intrigued Verdi. Aida was the result of this commission. The Canal opened in 1870, but the opera wasn’t performed at the Cairo Opera House until 1871. Aida proved to be Verdi’s greatest triumph up to that time, and the “Triumphal March” that ends Act Two is one of opera’s most famous melodies.
This free lecture, provided to increase enjoyment and appreciation of Seattle Opera productions, will feature speaker Norm Hollingshead with recorded musical excerpts.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
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