Aida - Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1985 (DVD)

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Aida - Teatro alla Scala, Milan, 1985 (DVD)
Artists: Maria Chiara, Luciano Pavarotti
Conductor: Lorin Maazel
Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Rated: NR Not Rated
Studio: Arthaus
DVD Release Date: June 30, 2015
Run Time: 160 minutes

Luciano Pavarotti heads an exceptional cast in this spectacular live recording from La Scala, Milan, with Ghena Dimitrova, Maria Chiara, Nicolai Ghiaurov and Juan Pons, all in peak form. Luca Ronconi`s magnificent production of Verdi`s much-loved masterpiece was a triumphant success, with Mauro Pagano`s monumental settings capturing perfectly the imposing grandeur of the land of the Pharaohs and the ochre hues of the desert. Lorin Maazel conducts.



This grandest of grand operas, Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story set in ancient Egypt packed with magnificent choruses, dramatic arias, complex ensembles and elaborate ballets. The opera is, at its core, a profound exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty.

The score of this 4-act opera is a sophisticated example of Italian Romanticism as heard in the “Celeste Aida” right at the beginning of Act I, her impassioned “Ritorna vincitor!” that follows and her great internal journey, “Qui Radamès verrà! O patria mia” in Act III. At the center of Act II, is the great Triumphal Scene, which ranks among opera’s most celebrated moments.

Notable performances include a 1955 production conducted by Tullio Serafin with Maria Callas as Aida and Richard Tucker as Radamès, as well as a 1959 performance conducted by Herbert van Karajan with Renata Tebaldi as Aida and Carlo Bergonzi as Radamès.

Today the work holds a central place in the operatic canon, receiving performances every year around the world.

At the Metropolitan Opera alone, Aida has been performed more than 1,500 times since 1886 and was presented again in the Met’s 2018–19 season.

Aida was commissioned by and first performed at Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House on December 24, 1871.



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