There are a few rare chances in life when a masterpiece of a theatrical or musical performance finds its perfect setting, a location that would elevate the artistic experience to new heights. Lebanon has a few of those, with an international festival happening in the presence of the majestic temples of Bacchus and Jupiter, and now Egypt has found its perfect setting for Verdi's Aida in Luxor's Temple of Hatshepsut.
The iconic landmark is set to host the operatic magnum opus between October 26 and 28, and it's going to be an event for the ages. The shows come amidst a promotional campaign launched by Luxor in several European and Asian countries to boost tourism in the ancient city.
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Aida is considered amongst Verdi's best works, next to La Traviata and Rigoletto, and is still played in international opera houses to this very day. Yet, few could rival the exquisite setting of Hatshepsut, which is quite fitting for the four-act opera that takes place in the Old Kingdom of Egypt. This is one performance you don't want to miss; we can already hear Radamès's longing calls to Aida echoing within the temple halls – bring tissues, though, because this is one Verdi masterpiece that will leave you in tears.
Source: Egypt Today