A performance of Aida at the Cairo Opera House in 2009© AMR DALSH / REUTERS
CAIRO – 8 May 2017: Opera Aida will be back at Cairo Opera House in the Main Hall on May 18 and will run for 3 nights, closing on Sunday 21.
The performance is directed by Abdel-Moneim Kamel, with Abdalla Saad as the executive director, and will be accompanied by English and Arabic translation.
Opera Aida is of four acts that embody the conflict between duties and passion, through telling the love story of the Ethiopian prisoner Aida and the Commander of the Egyptian Army Radamis. He was sentenced to death after the Pharaoh knew that he was trying to escape with Aida to Ethiopia.
Manuscripts of Opera Aida were found in the Nile Valley, written by the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette, who was commissioned by Khedive Ismail Pasha.
Giuseppe Verdi composed Opera Aida for 150 thousand francs gold in 1870, while Khedive Ismail Pasha ordered to have the Khedivial Opera House built in only 6 months to hold the Opening of Suez Canal celebrations. But due to the late arrival of the decorations and clothes of the performance from Paris, the show was not held, and instead Opera Rigoletto was performed in the celebrations by an International Italian troupe.