Performance Notes from Teatro alla Scala: 

"...perfect from the first to the last note, even in its variety of exoticism, heroism, choirs, marches and Moorish dances. An archaeological fairytale, at the time of its Italian premiere it notched up one of the biggest hits in the history of La Scala. Solemnity and an epic military feel alternate with the tensions of a hindered love affair." Before  Giacomo Puccini had written a single opera he said: "When I heard Aida in Pisa, I felt that a musical window opened to me."