Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London on 27th June & 1st July 1994
Stage Director: Elijah Moshinsky
Cheryl Studer (Aida), Dennis O’Neill (Radames), Luciana d’Intino (Amneris), Alexandru Agache (Amonasro), Robert Lloyd (Ramfis), Mark Beesley (King), Yvonne Barclay (High Priestess), John Marsden (Messager)
The Royal Opera Chorus & The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Edward Downes
PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 151 Mins
SOUND: PCM 2.0
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Cheryl Studer, in the title role, leads an excellent cast in Elijah Moshinsky's 1994 production of Verdi's extravagant and magnificent Egyptian opera. Aida was acclaimed at its first performance in 1871 and has grown in stature ever since to become one of the best-loved and most-performed grand operas of all time.
“This DVD of a distinguished account of Verdi's grand opera from 1994 has a great deal to recommend it, yet in the end I'm not sure that it manages to avoid cliché of the sense that the work has gone slightly stale, for all its fine moments.”
“[Sir Edward Downes’] command of the score's structure, its curious blend of delicacy and bombast, of classical propriety and romantic excess, is complete and he drew superbly disciplined playing from the pit and lusty singing from the augmented chorus.”
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