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Verdi: Aida / Scandiuzzi, Dessi, Florillo, Armiliato, Pons [DVD]

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Daniela Dessi, Elisabetta Fiorillo, Fabio Armiliato and Roberto Scandiuzzi lead the cast in the renowned production filmed in 2003 against the historic paper trompe-l'oeil background.

2009 two DVD set. Daniela Dessì, Elisabetta Fiorillo, Fabio Armiliato, Juan Pons and Roberto Scandiuzzi lead the cast in the renowned period production filmed in 2003 against the historic paper trompe-l'oeil sets painted between 1936-45 by Josep Mestres Cabanes, the last representative of the old Catalan school of scenography.

"Josep Mestres Cabanes was the last of the old Catalan school of scenography, a school that prized realism. Cabanes' staging of Aida actually dates from 1945, and the sets were recreated and restored for this production, resulting in this visual feast. The effects are achieved by paint on paper, with clever use of perspectives to evoke an imposing Ancient Egypt. Apparently Cabanes worked on his Aida for eight years, and the attention to detail is indeed quite remarkable... Dessi remains a potent vocal and dramatic force... Juan Pons' Amonasro is a big-voiced portrayal by a big man with a big presence. He is quite simply superb, making his mark with every note he sings. Roberto Scandiuzzi makes an impressive Ramfis....Palatchi's King...is very strong. Choral singing is excellent... The booklet note dwells long and interestingly on Cabanes' sets. A pity there are no printed track-listings to help location of favoured moments in the opera, but do not let this put you off. There is much to enjoy here as well as much to stimulate." - Colin Clarke, MusicWeb International

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 186 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9 anamorphic, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.0 Surround, Dolby 2.0
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish



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>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
  • Performers: Fabio Armiliato (Tenor); Daniela Dessì (Soprano); Elisabetta Florillo (Mezzo Soprano); Juan Pons (Baritone); Roberto Scandiuzzi (Bass)
  • Conductor: Miguel Gómez Martínez
  • Ensemble: Barcelona Teatro Liceo Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871