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Acts I and II by THE BRITISH NATIONAL OPERA COMPANY
Conducted by JOHN BARBIROLLI
Relayed from Lewisham Hipprodrome
Act I
RATHER more than half a century ago,
Ismail Pacha , Khedive of Egypt, commissioned from the Italian composer Verdi an Opera, for his recently-opened Opera House in Cairo. Verdi produced Aida, a work at least equal to anything he had previously written, and equally successful. It is a highly-coloured Opera, with an Egyptian plot.
Ramphis, High Priest of the Egyptians, tells
Radames that it is deoreed that he shall lead the army against the Ethiopians. Radames is deeply in love with Aida, daughter of the Ethiopian king, Amonasro, but now captive at the Egyptian Court.
Amncris, the Egyptian Princess, also loves
Radames, and finding him cold, watches him and Aida.
The rest of the Act is concerned with the investiture and consecration of Radames as Commander.

Contributors

Conducted By:
John Barbirolli
Unknown:
Ismail Pacha
Radamcs:
Walter Widdop
King of Egypt:
William Anderson
Ramphis (High Priest):
Horace Stevens
Aida:
Mary Blyth
Amneris (Princess):
Clara Serena
Amonasro (King of Ethiopia, Aida's father):
Robert Parker
A Priestess:
Doris Lemon

Act II
A MNERIS, p r e parA ing to receive Radames, who is returning in triumph, tricks Aida into disclosure of her love, by lying to her that Radames has been killed.
The victorious army now returns, and Radames is received with all the magnificonce of the Egyptian Court. At his request, the King spares the captives (among whom is Amonasro), and, further, bestows the hand of Amneris upon him, and proclaims him his heir.

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