Aida Audition Monologues AIDA : I am from Ikaita, it’s a village near the Second Cataract. You know it? (Amused) You think the river is an entirely different color there. No, Captain, you’re mistaken. It’s an entirely different color here. My father and I used to spend days sailing the Nile. He’d let me choose the course. And sometimes I’d run us aground on purpose…whenever I wanted to see something on the shore. What? You want to sail off and take me with you? Would you let me steer? If so, I would run us aground, where there are no people. I’d jump out of the boat, kick off my sandals and run. And there’d be no one there to scold me and tell me to behave like a – to behave. (Radames says something) Oh? You think your desire to sail off is meaningless because you’re trapped by your obligations? You talk as though you’ve been enslaved. Oh, I weep for you. Forced to marry a Princess? Oh, what hardships. I know – you want to go to lands where people have been living for centuries and say that you “discovered” them. But instead you’re being thrust onto the Pharaoh’s throne. It’s a great tragedy. If you don’t like your fate, change it. You are your own master. There are no shackles on you. So don’t expect pity or understanding from this humble palace slave. AMNERIS : (Regarding her own beauty) It’s such hard work maintaining perfection. But worth the effort, don’t you think? So you agree I look perfect? Really? Then maybe one of you can explain to me why Radames, the man destined to be my one and only, is neglecting me? He’s been to see my father. I hear he’s spent time with his father. In fact, he’s probably chummed it up with every withered old man in Egypt. But clearly the thought of visiting a ripe young Princess, with fabulous hair, leave him cold. (Mereb Enters) Oh Mereb, a gift from Radames? Another handmaiden? I don’t need another handmaiden. Does this gift have a name? (Surprise when Aida speaks). Did you just speak to me “gift”. How dare you! You do not lower your eyes. You do not tremble. Are you not afraid of me? No? (beat) So what else is new. Tell me …what did you say your name was? Aida? Tell me, Aida, are you useful? (Aida says something) Oh, really? You have talent with a needle? Oooh, a robe the shade of my eyes, dyed to make the fabric glow. (beat) A slave who knows her fabrics? I’m keeping her! Oh, Radames, he knows me. He really, really knows me. Go, Mereb, show Aida the sewing room. (Aida and Mereb exit) All right ladies, let’s polish this gem.