Date: Tue 12 and Wed 13 September, 2006
Performed by: National Opera House of Belarus
Composer: Guiseppe Verdi
Conductor: Andrei Galanov
One of Guiseppe Verdi’s most famous operas, Aida is based on the French prose of Camille du Locle, with a scenario by Auguste Mariette. This opera in four acts has a libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. The opera first premiered at the Cairo Opera House, on 24 December, 1871 and was born of the desire of the Khedive of Egypt for an opera that echoed Egypt’s ancient past.
Set in the time of the Pharaohs, it is the story of a young Ethiopian princess (turned slave), torn between the love of her homeland, family and the man who loves her — Radames, the Commander of the Egyptian Army.
It was staged by the well-known National Opera House of Belarus. The conductor was Andrei Galanov, leading a full symphony orchestra.
All in all, we had a very fun time at the Opera, but Tawn and I agreed afterwards that Opera (something to which we’re both relatively unexperienced) is an acquired taste and it really requires a good deal of preparation before and patience during to fully appreciate it. Nonetheless, it is good for us to attend from time to time, broadening our cultural horizons. Perhaps having better subtitling would help, too. We spent eight minutes on a single phrase: “Let us invoke the earth spirits.”