The Matthew Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera Broadcasts of the 2011/12 Lyric Opera of Chicago season continue on Classical 90.5 this Saturday, June 23, at noon with a performance of Aida by Giuseppe Verde, with an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on a scenario written by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette. The performance will run approximately four hours.
Here it is—the grandfather of grand-opera spectacle—complete with pyramids and potentates, priestesses and dancing girls, plus armies of soldiers and slaves. At its heart, Aida is the story of a treacherous love triangle and a relationship that was never meant to be. Aida, the enslaved Ethiopian princess, and Radames, leader of the Egyptian army that conquered her homeland, long to be together forever. But someone else wants Radames, too — Amneris, the jealous daughter of the Pharaoh himself. Impassioned arias, surging choruses, and exhilarating orchestral music reveal Verdi at the peak of his powers, masterfully balancing pomp and pageantry with a deeply moving personal tragedy.