Broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, March 3rd, with a performance of Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, with an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on a scenario written by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette. Aida was first performed at the Khedivial Opera House in Cairo on December 24, 1871, with Giovanni Bottesini conducting. The performance will run approximately three hours and forty-five minutes.
Perhaps the grandest of grand operas, a brilliant balance of spectacular pageantry and emotional intimacy, Aida chronicles a bitter love triangle that plays itself out against a backdrop of war and cultural oppression in a compelling tale of conflicting loyalties and forbidden passion. The drama, set in ancient Egypt, features a remarkable cast led by Latonia Moore in the title role. Stephanie Blythe is Aida's rival, Amneris (in a Met role debut), and Marcelo Alvarez sings the role of the man they both love. Marco Armiliato conducts.