By Burton D. Fisher
A finished consultant to Verdi's AIDA, that includes a newly translated LIBRETTO with song EXAMPLES, valuable Characters, short tale Synopsis, tale Narrative with song spotlight Examples, a Discography, a Videography, a Dictionary of Opera and Musical phrases, and insightful observation and research of the opera.
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Noi t’invochiamo! Immenso, immenso Fthà, del mondo spirito fecondator, ah! Noi t’invochiamo! Priestesses, Priests, Ramphis: All-powerful, all-powerful Phthà, animating spirit of the world, ah! We invoke you! You who have created the waves, the land, the heavens. We invoke you! All-powerful Phthà. Spirit that created the world. Ah! We invoke you! Nume che del tuo spirito sei figlio e genitor, Noi t’invochiamo! Fuoco increato, eterno. Onde ebbe luce il sol, ah! Noi t’invochiamo! Vita dell’universo, mito d’eterno amor, Noi t’invochiam!
Aida’s despairing response persuades Amneris that she has indeed uncovered the truth. But then Amneris tricks Aida and contradicts the news, telling her that “Radames vive” (“Radames lives”). Aida now responds with an outburst of joy. Unwittingly, Aida has revealed her secret. Amneris explodes and screams at her rival: “Si, tu l’ami. Ma l’amo anch’io intendi tu? ” (“Yes, you love him. I love him too, do you hear? ”) In an almost instinctive defense, Aida is about to betray her identity as a princess of Ethiopia, but she prudently hesitates, and begs Amneris for forgiveness and pity.
Aida: (For whom do I weep! ) Il Re e Ramfis: Guerra! Pharaoh and Ramphis: War! Sacerdoti, Ministri, Capitani: Guerra! Guerra! Guerra! Priests, Ministers, Captains: War! War! War! ) Tutti Gli Altri: Guerra! Guerra! Stermino all’invasor! All: War! War! Exterminate the invader! Amneris: Ritorna vincitor! Amneris: (to Radames) Return victorious! Tutti: Ritorna vincitor! All: Return victorious! (All leave. Aida is alone) Aida: Ritorna vincitor! E dal mio labbro uscì l’empia parola! Vincitor del padre mio...
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