Aida by Leontyne Price

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With depth and understanding, acclaimed diva Leontyne Price retells this famous opera about the beautiful princess of Ethiopia. “The Dillons magnificently capture the drama with powerful full-page illustrations that resemble stage sets. . . . Ideal for reading aloud during an Egyptian unit, in music classes, to children attending the opera, or for the pure aesthetic experience.”--Booklist

About Leontyne Price

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LEO & DIANE DILLON have together illustrated more than twenty-five books for children, including the Caldecott Medal winner Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema. The Dillons live in Brooklyn, New York.
Published January 1, 1990 by Harcourt. 32 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Arts & Photography, Children's Books, History.

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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 motivatio

Oct 01 1990 | Read Full Review of Aida

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A singing actor of the modern sort, he made a good deal dramatically of his scene in the third act, and drew the most involved acting of the night from Miss Price.

Dec 22 1984 | Read Full Review of Aida

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Recently a group of schoolchildren in Harlem heard the soprano Leontyne Price do something she had not done for over two years: sing in public. She had gone to PAL, the Police Athletic League building, a gleaming modern structure for after-school activities at Manhattan Avenue and 119th Street, t...

May 30 2000 | Read Full Review of Aida

Entertainment Weekly

''Written in the Stars,'' featuring John and Rimes, and ''Elaborate Lives,'' sung by cast member Heather Headley, are two obvious such moments, both grandiose heart-tuggers with generic-sentiment lyrics and hooks as annoyingly ingratiating as those of, coincidentally, Rimes' hit ''How Do I Live.'...

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Photographer: Paul Sanders/Cornershop PR via Bloomberg Tiziana Carraro, Marc Heller and Indra Thomas in "Aida" by Verdi at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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Aida has some of the most recognizable strains of music composed by Giuseppe Verdi, and yet it remains one of the least staged of his most popular operas (not heard from the Washington National Opera, for example, in almost a decade).

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