The story of the opera Aida centers around the political conflict
between Ethiopia and its warring neighbor, Egypt, as well as the
personal conflict between the princesses of both countries. Princess
Aida of Ethiopia, through the carelessness of youth, becomes enslaved by
the Egyptians and serves as handmaiden to the Egyptian Princess Amneris.
Many of Aida’s captors are fascinated by her charm and grace however, as
the daughter of a king, Aida has enough wisdom to keep her true identity
a secret. As the plot is revealed, Aida and Amneris are both found to be
in love with the handsome, strong Egyptian Army captain, Radames.
Radames unfortunately, reveals his love for Aida, much to the dismay of
the Egyptian princess. Further conflict results within Aida when she
realizes that she has unwittingly chosen the death of her Ethiopian
loved ones over that of Radames.