in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi
to 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
on 24 December 1871, conducted by Giovanni Bottesini
, commissioned Verdi to write the opera for performance in January 1871, paying him 150,000 francs, but the premiere was delayed because of the Franco-Prussian War
Every story, new or ancient, bagatelle or work of art: all are tales of human failing; all are tales of love at heart... --"Every Story is a Love Story"
Perfection is such hard work to maintain, but worth the effort, don't you think?
Conversation? Wit? I am a doubter. Manners? Charm? They're no way to impress. So forget the inner me - observe the outer: I am what I wear and how I dress! -- "My Strongest Suit"
They want a goddess and I'm just...human.
Are you trying to get me drunk, Radames? You know it's not necessary.
This should have been my time; It's over. It never began. -- "I Know the Truth"
Nothing is an accident, we are free to have it all. We are what we want to be; it's in ourselves to rise or fall. -- "Fortune Favors the Brave"
And who'd have thought I'd throw my world away to be with someone I'm afraid will say "Not me."...Not me. --"Not Me"
I'm sorry for everything I've said and for anything I forgot to say too. When things get so complicated I stumble, at best, muddle through. I wish that our lives could be simple; I don't want the world: only you. I wish I could tell you this face to face, but there's never the time - never the place! So this letter will have to do; I love you. -- "Radames Letter"
You are all I'll ever want, but this - I am denied. Sometimes in my darkest thoughts I wish I'd never learned what it is to be in love and have that love returned. -- "Written in the Stars"