Every year since 1871, the Opera Verdi: Aida has had a grand performance at least once a year. This four-act musical by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi is set in the Old Kingdom of Egypt. The play was commissioned by Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House, where it had its premiere in 1971.
This year’s shows, taking place at the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor on October 26 and 28, is projecting around 4,000 tourists and attendees of various nationalities.
In addition to the glamorous performance, the operatic show does a lot more than entertain. The performance attracts thousands of guests every year, which is a push to the Egyptian economy and tourism industry, which has been struggling in recent years. Many fans and historical junkies are rushing to Luxor this fall to catch this experience.
This year’s show will be attended by global opera singers like Mickael Spadaccini from Belgium, Sae-Kyung Rim from Korea, Eliska Weissova from the Czech Republic, and Aris Argiris from Greece. In addition, around 80 musicians from the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine and DUMKA, the national choir of Ukraine, will be performing in the show.
The Aida opera is being held in the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt. Luxor has promoted the show in a series of tourism marketing campaigns targeted at European and Asian audiences. The show is being sponsored by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.
Opera Aida is a four-act play that tells a story torn between love and power. Aida, an Ethiopian princess-turns-prisoner, and Radamis the Commander of the Egyptian Army both fall in love, but their twisted fates end them in war and tragedy. The manuscripts of Opera Aida were found in the Nile Valley, written by the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette.
If you check the Opera Aida at Luxor 2019’s website, you can read more about the plot and each of the four acts in details.