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(Verdi: Aida). Bar. King of Ethiopia and father of Aida. Since their defeat by the Egyptians, Aida has been slave to the Egyptian Princess Amneris and Amonasro is a prisoner, disguised as a common soldier. Amonasro knows his daughter is in love with the young Egyptian captain Radamès. The King of Egypt has offered his daughter Amneris as bride to Radamès. When Amonasro attempts to kill Amneris, his daughter's rival, Radamès intervenes, allowing Aida and her father to escape, and offering himself as prisoner in their place. Aria: Ma tu, Re, tu signore possente (‘But thou, O King, thou mighty lord’). This is always a popular role and there are few famous baritones—of all nationalities—who have not essayed it at some point of their career. These include Rolando Panerai, Giuseppe Taddei, Lawrence Tibbett, Leonard Warren, Ettore Bastianini, Tito Gobbi, George London, Hans Hotter, Robert Merrill, Cornell MacNeil, Sherrill Milnes, and Piero Cappuccilli. Created (1871) by Francesco Steller.

Subjects: Opera.

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