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Aida, plot of the Opera

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Aida is one of the most famous Operas of the program of the Opera Season in the Arena. Every year this show takes place in Verona. Here below you can read a short plot that will help you to better understand what's happening during the show written by Giuseppe Verdi (the Original Opera is in Italian).
One of the best moment of the Aida during the Opera in Arena

The stage of the Aida during the Opera
Aida, captured during a military expedition against Ethiopia, is the daughter of Amonasro King of Ethiopia and she lives in Menfi as a slave. The Egyptians ignore her real identity. Her father organizes a raid to free her. But since she was captured, Aida fell in love with the young warrior Radamés, who is passionately in love with her.
Amneris, the King of Egypt's daughter, has a feeling that Aida can be Radamès' love, and she deceivingly consoles her. At the presence of the King, his officials and Ramfis a messenger brings news from the border. Aida is worried: her father is marching towards Egypt. The King maintains that Radamès has been chosen by Iside as the leader of the army that will fight against Amonasro. Aida's heart is divided between love for her father and the Country and love for Radamès. Music and festive dances animates the room of the subtle Amneris, who wants to push Aida to declare her love for Radamès and lies by saying her that he died during the battle. Aida's reaction betrays her and she reveals her love for Radamés. Amneris threatens her: she's the King's daughter. Aida is too proud not to reveal that she is a king's daughter too, but soon she will regret her confession.
Aida in the Arena
Victory trumpets can be heard. Amneris obliges Aida to witness Egypt's triumph and the defeat of her people. Aida is desperate and asks for forgiveness. Radamès is back as a winner accompanied by a triumphal march. The Pharaon declares that on that day Radamès the winner can have whatever he wishes. The Ethiopian war prisonners are brought to the King's presence. Amonasro is one of them. Aida immediately runs to hug her father, ma their true identities are still unknown to the Egyptians. In fact, Amonasro says that the Ethiopian King has been killed in battle. For Aida's love, Radamès uses the king's offer to ask for the prisonners's freedom. The King of Egypt, still grateful to Radamès, declares him as his successor to the throne by giving him the hand of his daughter Amneris and as wished by Radamès gives freedom to all prisonners except Aida and Amonasro, who are kept to guarantee that the Ethiopians will not search revenge.
The Ethiopian king pushes her daughter to make Radamès reveal where the Egyptian army is kept. Radamès, who only apparently agreed to the wedding with Amneris, tells Aida the information that her father wanted to know. When Amonasro reveals his real identity and escapes with Aida, Radamès, desperate for having involuntarily betrayed his King and his Country, gives himself as prisonner to the High Priest. Amneris wishes to save Radamès, but he refuses her. His trial begins and he refuses to speak in his own defense, while Amneris asks for piety to the clergymen. Radamès is sentenced to death for betray and will be buried alive. Amneris curses the clergymen while Radamès is brought away. In the meanwhile Aida has hidden herself in the crypt to die with Radamès. The two lovers accept their terrible fate, say goodbye to the world and its sufferings, and wait for their death.


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