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Aida Paperback – October 15, 1997
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There's no voice like that of opera singer Leontyne Price, and in this retelling of Aida, published in paperback for the first time, we discover that her writer's voice is equally moving. This tale of the Ethiopian princess-turned-slave, her soldier lover, and their inevitable tragedy is a favorite of Price, who reveals her feeling of sisterhood with the doomed Aida in the book's afterword. Price brings just enough distance to this story of love, jealousy, war, envy, and suicide to temper her passion. Telling the tale of Aida, one of the world's most famous--and tragic--operas, in appropriate language and tone is a task to which Price is more than equal.
From Publishers Weekly
This retelling of one of Verdi's most popular works suffers from the primary problem inherent in retelling any opera. Operas are composed, first and foremost, as musical works, and character motivation tends to be expressed in the music. While Price has faithfully outlined the opera's plot--the Ethiopian princess Aida's love for the Egyptian warrior Radames; the jealousy of Amneris, the Pharaoh's daughter; Radames's ultimate execution; and Aida's sacrifice--she does not provide a plausible rationale for their actions and, in the absence of Verdi's music, the story comes across as thin. Considered individually, the Dillons' paintings make dramatic tableaux, and taken together they form a stunning, unified whole. The art focuses on overall action, not individuals, and goes a very long way to illuminating the motivations lacking in Price's text. Even with minor reservations, this A ida is lavishly packaged and strikingly designed. All ages.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top customer reviews
I am familiar with the opera and the story. Leontyne Price, who brought the part of Aida to vibrant life in this century, is the author of the text, and it is beautifully done. For me, though, the truly luscious illustrations are what make the book. This is one to treasure, to savor.
(I will say, now, that if you are thinking of ordering this book used (the only way you'll get it) query the seller to see if the dust jacket is included. Mine had none, and I really wish I had that beautiful illustration of the harpist on the back. But that's a risk you take with used books. I regret the lack of the dust jacket. But the book is lovely without it.)
In the softcover, the pictures are still of great quality and the lettering is easy to see, and beautiful as well.
The story is timeless and if you play AIDA the opera behind it, or possibly some Habesha or Egyptian caberet music, you can really set a mood for your kid.
I get the music from the library even and it is nice to do.
The pictures capture a young one's interest alone.