Aida at Giza

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1910) was one of the greatest composers of the nineteenth century and he produced a number of famous operas. Along with classics like Otello and La Traviata, Aida remains one of his best-loved operas. The Cairo Opera House produces annual performances of Verdi's opera in front of the dramatic Pyramids of Giza. Aida is a tragic tale of love featuring an Egyptian captain, the Pharoah's daughter, and an Ethiopian slave girl, Aida. The opera had its world premiere in Cairo on 24 December 1871; it was immediately a great success and has remained a favourite in Cairo and worldwide. The triumphal march is famously lavish and the setting, of course, is spectacular. Any other performance of Aida pales in comparison to that performed under the imposing pyramids and this performance features on the bucket list of numerous opera lovers.

Venue: Pyramids at Giza

Date: 30 September to 3 October 2014

Website: www.cairoopera.org