The famous opera Aida is due to be held in the Giza Pyramids area on 16 December, on the occasion of the launching of the new Suez Canal project.
Italy and Latvia will participate in the event, Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou said during his participation in the 51st edition of the TTG Incontri Travel Fair in Rimini, Italy.
He added that this comes as part of the tourism ministry’s continuing endeavours to promote tourism in Egypt.
Aida was performed for the first time in Cairo on 24 December 1871
Aida is an opera in four acts by Guiseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto, by Antonio Ghislanzoni, based on a scenario often attributed to French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette.
The Khedive of Egypt, Ismail Pasha commissioned Verdi to write an opera to celebrate the opening of the Khedivial Opera House. but the premiere was delayed because of the Siege of Paris (1870-71) when the scenery and costumes were stuck in the French capital.
A scene from the opera Aida (photo: wikiepedia)
Aida was eventually performed for the first time in Cairo on 24 December 1871 where it was met with great acclaim. The costumes and accessories were designed by Auguste Mariette, who also oversaw the design and construction of the set.
The last performance of Aida to be held at Giza pyramids was in 1997.
Aida continues to be a staple of the standard operatic repertoire and appears as number 12 on the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide between 2008 and 2013, with 272 performances.