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Verdi: Aida / Mehta, He, Berti, D'Intino, Maestri, Prestia [DVD]

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

Zubin Mehta conducts Aida, Verdi's most spectacular and over-the-top opera, in a new production from the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino starring Marco Berti, Luciana D'Intino and Hui He.

One of the highlights of this new production of Aida is the operatic debut of Ferzan Ozpetek, a Turkish auteur who, after settling in Italy as a student, has become one of the most prominent directors of Italian cinema in the last decade, directing acclaimed films as "La finestra di fronte" (Facing Windows) and "Mine Vaganti" (Loose Cannons).

Verdi's Aida is one of the most popular operas of all time. It premiered at the Cairo Opera House on Christmas Eve, 1871, and was an immediate commercial success. The plot of Aida is filled with political intrigue, love, betrayal, passion, and vengeance, and has captivated audiences for generations.

International Record Review
Mehta realizes the differing aspects of the score, from the intimate to the more spectacular outbursts, drawing the necessary colours from the Florence orchestra and building climaxes in rousing manner...[Hui He] should win a sympathetic response for Aida's plight...Luciana D'Intino pulls out all the stops, with much use made of chest-voice, as possibly/probably the most interesting player in the opera.

Fanfare Magazine, September/October 2012
Aida was Giuseppe Verdi's last conventional opera using traditional musical set pieces before he began experimenting with a more complex mixture of declamatory and fully engaged lyrical passages in his last two operas... I am happy to add this to my collection and I recommend it, particularly to those seeking out high-definition operas.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 151 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean


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Works Details

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
  • Performers: Marco Berti (Tenor); Luciana D'Intino (Soprano); Hui He (Soprano); Ambrogio Maestri (Baritone); Giacomo Prestia (Bass); Roberto Tagliavini (Bass)
  • Conductor: Mehli Mehta
  • Ensemble: Florence Maggio Musicale Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884