Romantic opera from 1871

Giuseppe Verdi
Antonio Ghislanzoni


Aida (Italian: [aˈiːda]) is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. Set in Egypt, it was commissioned by and first performed at Cairo's Khedivial Opera House on 24 December 1871; Giovanni Bottesini conducted after Verdi himself withdrew. Today the work holds a central place in the operatic canon, receiving performances every year around the world; at New York's Metropolitan Opera alone, Aida has been sung more than 1,100 times since 1886. Ghislanzoni's scheme follows a scenario often attributed to the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, but Verdi biographer Mary Jane Phillips-Matz argues that the source is actually Temistocle Solera.

Year 1871
Opening Night 1871
Time Period Romantic
Instrumentation Opera orchestra, Baritone, Bass, Mezzo-soprano, Soprano, Tenor, Opera chorus


Triumphal March from "Aida"
Music Express 1871
Ghislanzoni, et al.
Grand March from AIDA
Chester Music 1871
Barratt, et al.
Triumfmarch af Op. Aida
Wilhelm Hansen 1871
Ghislanzoni, et al.
Grand March from 'Aida' (Finale Act II)
Novello & Company 1871
Lawton, et al.
Lawton, et al.


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Verdi: Aida
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Aida (Excerpts)
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Verdi: Aïda - San Francisco Opera (starring Luciano Pavarotti)
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Caruso, the Early Recordings
Great Operas from La Scala (CD 14-21)
Deutsche Grammophon
The Plácido Domingo Story
Deutsche Grammophon
Karajan Festival
Deutsche Grammophon
Enrico Caruso: Opera Volume 3
Ljuba Welitsch (1913-1996)
Richard Tucker: Recital
Myto Records S.a.s. / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Franco Corelli: Verismo Arias
Urania / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Tenor Arias, Vol. 2
Classic Art
Rosa Ponselle - Favourite Arias
Synergie OMP
Vocal: Operatic, Sacred & Chamber
Cavendish Music
Music for the Moment: Elements Water
Arts Productions Ltd.
Favourite Arias - Enrico Caruso
Synergie OMP
Beniamino Gigli: Recital
Myto Records S.a.s. / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Peter Anders, Jr.: Dramatische Tenor - Arien
Gebhardt Records / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Duck Records
The Immortal Jussi Björling
Memoir Records