Verdi's 'Aida' at Arizona Opera,
reviewed by MARIA NOCKIN
Isma'il Pasha, the Khedive of Egypt, opened the Suez Canal in 1869. Verdi had been asked to write an 'ode', but had declined on the grounds that he did not write pieces for special occasions. He was then asked to write an opera and he again said, 'No'. Only when he realized that Charles Gounod or Richard Wagner were to be contacted, did he consider accepting...
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