Verdi: Aida

Arthaus Musik: 107253

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Verdi: Aida

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30th April 2012




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Verdi: Aida

Live Recording from The Arena di Verona, 1992

Maria Chiara (Aida), Dolora Zajick (Amneris), Kristján Jóhannsson (Radamès), Juan Pons (Amonasro), Nicola Ghiuselev (Ramfi) & Carlo Striuli (Il Re)

Arena di Verona, Nello Santi (conductor) & Gianfranco De Bosio (stage director)

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Set Design by RINALDO OLOVIERI (after Ettore Fagiuoli’s design for the 1913 Verona première)

Recorded at the world-famous Arena di Verona, this opulent production of Verdi’s popular opera Aida was brought to life in a classic staging by Gianfranco De Bosio and conducted by Nello Santi, one of the greatest living representatives of the Italian singer-conductor tradition, who led a cast of exceptional singers, all well rooted in the Italian tradition.

The dramatic role of Aida was central to Maria Chiara’s repertoire, and she regularly appeared at the arena as Verdi’s heroine. Her intense, introverted interpretation of the role is complemented by Icelandic tenor Kristján Jóhannsson’s Radamés. The other roles are filled by equally strong singers: American mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick has made a speciality of Verdi’s troubled rich-girl Amneris, while Juan Pons is heard at the peak of his powers in his reading of Amonasro. The opera is staged in front of the imposing, ancient Roman backdrop of the Arena di Verona and the sets, based on the original designs by influential Veronese architect and painter Ettore Fagiuoli (1884-1961), are similarly impressive. The vastness of the arena, allows for a vision that is almost cinematic, thus making the work ideal for a recording on DVD. Masterfully captured this opera classic proves to be a feast for the eyes and the ears of the home viewer.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES

Running Time: 146 mins

FSK: 0

BBC Music Magazine

August 2012


“This is marvellous, with sets and costumes as from 1913, and the Verona Arena in all its glory. The performance is an impassioned one by a team of veterans. A must.”

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