By Burton D. Fisher
A accomplished consultant to Verdi's AIDA, that includes a newly translated LIBRETTO with track EXAMPLES, relevant Characters, short tale Synopsis, tale Narrative with track 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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Amneris tries to reason with Radames, but he has reconciled himself to his guilt. He indeed revealed a vital secret, but his honor remains pure, because his treasonous revelation was unwitting and unintentional. Radames believes that Aida is dead. Without her, he has no interest in salvation and craves death. But then Amneris reveals the truth, telling him that Aida lives. It is her father Amonasro who is dead. Amneris, a woman obsessed and possessed by her love for Radames, pleads with him to give up Aida; marriage to Amneris will save his life.
Slave Girls: Now where are those barbarian hordes of foreigners? They scatter like the mist at the breath of the warrior. Come o conqueror and gather the reward of glory. Victory smiled upon you, love will smile upon you. Amneris: (Ah! ) Amneris: (Ah! ) Schiave:: Vieni; sul crin ti piovano contesti ai lauri i fior. Suonin di gloria i cantici coi cantici d’amor. Slave Girls: Come; on your tresses rain laurels and flowers. Sing the songs of glory with the songs of love. AIDA Page 57 Amneris: (Ah!
Or de’Numi si compia il voler! Ramphis, Priests: Oh Pharaoh, destroy these savage hordes,. close your heart to their perfidious voices; the gods doomed them to death. Let the will of the gods be done! Aida. Schiave, Prigionieri: Pietà! Aida, Slaves, Prisoners: Pity! Aida: Ma tu, o Re, signor possente, a costoro ti volgi clemente; oggi noi siam percossi dal fato, ma doman voi potria il fato colpir. Aida: But you, Pharaoh, you powerful lord, be merciful to these men. Today we are victims of fate, but tomorrow fate may strike you.