Still the most amazing part,the miracle is that it all works. This is an opera that began as an romance written by a Frenchman working as a Egyptologist. This was then rendered into a condensed prose plot by du Locle (who wanted it for the Paris opera) and then translated into Italian at Verdi's insistence and was 'versified' by Antonio Ghislanzoni who Verdi micro-managed in a stunning series of no less than thirty-three letters. Before it was over Verdi even included the then current Franco-Prussian War as a transposed Egyptian-Ethiopian conflict of the opera! The result is one of the most popular, musically thrilling and beloved works in all of music and it requires no apologies.
This Saturday, tune in at noon for the Metropolitan Opera's performance of Verdi's magnificent confection, Aida, here on KPAC and KTXI. Just pass the popcorn and remember, Resistance is futile.
by Ron Moore