Aida (Opera Classics Library Series) by Burton D. Fisher

By Burton D. Fisher

A accomplished new OPERA research consultant AND LIBRETTO of Verdi’s AIDA, that includes valuable Characters within the Opera; short tale Synopsis; tale Narrative with song spotlight Examples; a newly translated LIBRETTO with Italian and English translation side-by-side, with tune spotlight Examples; and Burton D. Fisher's intensive and insightful remark and research.

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Slave Girls: Now where are those barbarian hordes of foreigners? They scatter like the mist at the breath of the warrior. Come o conqueror and gather the reward of glory. Victory smiled upon you, love will smile upon you. Amneris: (Ah! ) Amneris: (Ah! ) Schiave:: Vieni; sul crin ti piovano contesti ai lauri i fior. Suonin di gloria i cantici coi cantici d’amor. Slave Girls: Come; on your tresses rain laurels and flowers. Sing the songs of glory with the songs of love. AIDA Page 57 Amneris: (Ah!

Aida tries to calm Radames, assuring him that her love is more important than his honor, but Radames is inconsolable and deliriously screams that he has been dishonored. Amneris and Ramphis had overheard Radames’s revelation as they exited the temple and accuse him of treachery. Amonasro tries to kill Amneris, but Radames intervenes and deters him. Afterwards, Amonasro and Aida flee. Guards appear. Radames, gasping in confusion and disbelief, cries out, “I am dishonored,” and then surrenders himself to justice and the priests.

You love him.... Aida: Io! Aida: I! Amneris: Non mentire! Amneris: Don’t lie! AIDA Page 59 Un detto ancora e il vero saprò. io t’ingannava... Radames vive! One more word and I will know the truth. I have deceived you.. Radames lives! Aida: Vive! Ah, grazie, o Numi! Aida: He lives! Ah, thanks to the gods! Amneris: E ancor mentir tu speri? Sì, tu l’ami! Ma l’amo anch’io, intendi tu? Son tua rivale, figlia dei Faraoni. Amneris: And you still lie to me? Yes. You love him! But I love him too. Do you understand?

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