The Memories Of Rose Eytinge; Being Recollections & Observations Of Men, Women, And Events, During…

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byRose Eytinge

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1905. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXIII VERDI'S "AIDA" IN THE CAIRO OPERA-HOUSE -- A BLAZE OF JEWELS -- A COSMOPOLITAN AUDIENCE While in Cairo I witnessed the first performance of Verdi's opera, "Aida," the occasion being the opening of the first opera-house that city had ever possessed. Ismail Pasha, then Viceroy of Egypt, while a good Mussulman, was a great admirer and imitator of all things European, especially of English and French fashions. So, one day, as I have mentioned in an earlier chapter, he determined that he would have an opera-house. But he found, to his vexation, that it was much easier to form this determination than to carry it out. It was easy enough to obtain plans and estimates,-- all these the European schools offered in abundance; but the two almost insuperable difficulties which he encountered were, first to raise the money with which to build; second, to obtain from among the fellaheen, labourers who could be entrusted with the work. After months of delay the land was obtained and ground broken; and after more and more delay the building was begun. There would be pauses in the proceedings, sometimes running into months. At last the project was sufficiently advanced to justify the hope that some time in the far future the operahouse might be an established fact, and next Ismail bethought him that it would be a fine and appropriate thing to dedicate the house by the performance in it for the first time of an opera of Oriental plot. Verdi was the composer selected, and "Aida" was the opera settled upon. Verdi came from Paris and was royally lodged in one of the viceregal palaces during the time occupied by rehearsals, and at the initial performance he conducted in person. The stage presented a positive blaze of light which was reflected from the jewels worn...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1905. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXIII VERDI'S "AIDA" IN THE CAIRO OPERA-HOUSE -- A BLAZE OF JEWELS -- A COSMOPOLITAN AUDIENCE While in Cairo I witne...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:January 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217093728

ISBN - 13:9780217093729

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