A tragic tale of forbidden love, Aida follows the struggle of the Ethiopian princess, Aida, and the young Egyptian warrior, Radamès, to decide between love or loyalty to their countries. Aida has been captured by the Egyptians, who do not know her true identity, and is being held as a slave. She and Radamès have fallen secretly in love, but the Princess of Egypt, Amneris, is also in love with Radamès. Amneris senses that Radamès and Aida are in love and declares that she will win Radamès. When Aida’s father, King Amonasro, discovers that she has been captured, he declares war on Egypt, and the King of Egypt declares Radamès as the leader of his army. After defeating the Ethiopians, the King of Egypt declares that Radamès and Amneris are betrothed. Aida and Radamès plan to run away together so they can be happily married without the pressures of their countries, but are caught together. Separated, Radamès believes that Aida has fled to her country, while he is put to death after declaring his love for Aida, and denouncing Amneris and his country. Locked in a tomb to die, Radamès thinks of Aida, only to discover that she has hidden herself in the tomb in order to die with Radamès. While Amneris is scorned and devastated at what she has done, the two lovers die together in the tomb.
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