Aida dates Radames at The Pyramids

Added on Feb 04, 2018

Edouard Riou was a Pre-Impressionist painter, and in 1870, at the request of Ferdinand de Lesseps, he created a souvenir album of the Empress Eugénia María de Montijo de Guzmán, Empress of France, and her voyage undertaken for the inauguration of the Suez Canal in November 1869. Dedicated to the Empress, this “Voyage pittoresque à travers l’isthme de Suez” brought together a series of 25 watercolor paintings accompanied by texts by Marius Fontane.
On 17 November, the imperial yacht L’Aigle led the procession and entered the channel. This was the signal to start the inauguration celebration, the music swiftly swept into the scene; as Ismail Pasha, Khedive of Egypt, had commissioned Giuseppe Verdi in 1869 to write an opera to celebrate the opening of Suez Canal.
Aida tells the story of forbidden love between the Egyptian leader Radames and the beautiful Nubian princess Aida. The plot is based on a true story found in Papyrus and re-written by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette.

First debuted at the Cairo Opera House, the production has since been hosted around the world, with Aida having been sung more than 1,100 times since 1886. The show has moved to several different sites across Egypt, including the Giza Pyramids in 1987 & 2010 and the Deir Al-Bahari Temple in Luxor in 1994.

The 2018 production will be performed by the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mr. David Crescenzi. Lead character Radames will be played by Dario Di Vietri and Riccardo Massi, with Dragana Radakovic and Dr. Eman Mostafa playing the part of Aida on alternate nights.
Aida, written in the stars, a love story that rivals any other, destined to burn with the red-hot passion of the sun and to be extinguished with the slightest breeze; will be presented at the Giza plateau on March 8, 9 and 10.