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A accomplished consultant to Verdi's AIDA, that includes a newly translated LIBRETTO with track EXAMPLES, critical Characters, short tale Synopsis, tale Narrative with tune 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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Sacred dance of the Priestesses. Radames enters, unarmed, and approaches the altar where the Priestesses place a silver veil on his head. Sacerdotesse: Immenso Fthà! Priestesses: All-powerful Phthà! Ramfis, Sacerdoti: Noi t’invochiam! Ramphis, Priests: We invoke you! Ramfis: Mortal, diletto ai Numi, a te fidate son d’Egitto le sorti. Ramphis: (to Radames) Mortal, beloved of the gods, to you the fate of Egypt is committed. AIDA Page 55 Il sacro brando dal Dio temprato, per tua man diventi. Ai nemici terror, folgore, morte.

But you, Pharaoh, you powerful lord, be merciful to these men. Today we are struck by fate, but tomorrow fate may strike you. Aida: Ma tu, Re, tu signore possente, a costoro ti volgi clemente. Aida: But you, Pharaoh, you powerful lord, be merciful to these men. Schiave, Prigionieri: Sì, dai Numi percossi noi siamo, tua pietà, tua clemenza imploriamo. Ah! Giammai di soffrir vi sia dato ciò che in oggi n’è dato soffrir! Slaves, Prisoners: Yes, we were struck by the gods. We implore your pity and mercy.

Pharaoh proclaims war, and his people approve with emotional outbursts of “Guerra, guerra”(“War, war”). Pharaoh turns to Radames and announces that their venerated goddess, Isis, has chosen him to command their legions against the Ethiopians. Radames thanks the gods for answering his prayers. Amneris responds with pride and elation; Aida trembles in fear. AIDA Page 33 The Pharaoh commands his people to the temple of Vulcan to anoint Radames with the sacred arms of Egyptian heroes. The priests, ministers, and captains join to praise their powerful gods who will bring them victory and death to the foreign invaders: “Su!

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