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Title: The 'Etymology' of the Name 'Aïda'
Author(s): DEPUYDT, L.
Journal: Orientalia Lovaniensia Periodica
Volume: 27 Date: 1997
First performed at the Teatro Italiano in Cairo on Christmas Eve, 24 December 1871, Verdi's Aïda is the only opera conceived in Egypt by an Egyptologist. As is well-known, the great French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette (1821-81) wrote the opera's scenario. But although there is much that is obviously Egyptian in Aïda, common opinion holds that the name of its illustrious heroine is not.