- Ronald Samm (Tenor)
- Iano Tamar (Mezzo Soprano)
- Tatiana Serjan (Soprano)
- Rubens Pelizzari (Tenor)
- Iain Paterson (Baritone)
- Elisabetta Martorana (Soprano)
- Tigran Martirossian (Bass)
- Kevin Short (Bass)
Notes & Reviews:
Set against the magnificent backdrop of Lake Constance, every production at the Bregenz Festival faces strong natural competitors. But with this first-ever production of Verdi's "Aida" (in an abridged version) on the lakeside stage, it is easy to overlook the beauty of the surrounding nature. Stage director Graham Vick and set designer Paul Brown conjure up an "open-air spectacle of superlatives" (Die Zeit) that throws a bridge between ancient Egypt and today's U.S. The stage effects are stunning: ruins of the Statue of Liberty pieced together with the help of giant cranes, boats carrying priestesses and prisoners – parts of the opera even take place in the lake itself! And in the Grand March – one of the most famous marches in opera – a golden elephant comes sailing into view on a barge.Notes & Reviews:
Run Time: 135 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish
As for the principles themselves, Rubens Pelizzari does a good job as Radames, but the two stand-outs for me were Tigran Martirossian and Tatiana Serjan – her vocal work as Aida was wonderful, and it would be a treat to hear her without the necessary aid of head-worn microphones necessary for this production.
If you have seen Aida before and really want to see the pageantry of the Triumphal March with live animal work and traditional sets, this is not the production for you. But if you are open to seeing an interesting and differently staged interpretation with good, solid performances, this is definitely worth a look.
Submitted on 08/14/11 by KlingonOpera
Works DetailsVerdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
- Performers: Ronald Samm (Tenor); Iano Tamar (Mezzo Soprano); Tatiana Serjan (Soprano); Rubens Pelizzari (Tenor); Iain Paterson (Baritone); Elisabetta Martorana (Soprano); Tigran Martirossian (Bass); Kevin Short (Bass)
- Conductor: Carlo Rizzi
- Ensemble: Vienna Symphony Orchestra
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1884