Verdi: Aida (2-DVD) – Daniela Dessì, Fabio Armiliato

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Verdi: Aida (2-DVD) – Daniela Dessì, Fabio Armiliato

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Artists: Daniela Dessì, Elisabetta Fiorillo, Fabio Armiliato, Stefano Palatchi, Juan Pons, Roberto Scandiuzzi, Josep Fadó, Ana Nebot, Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Conductor: Miguel Ángel Gómez Martínez
Director: José Antonio Gutiérrez
Format: NTSC
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Catalan
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 2
Studio: Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: October 29, 2013
Run Time: 186 minutes

In an astonishing act of theatrical archaeology, Josep Mestres Cabanes’s legendary 1945 production of Aida at the Gran Teatre del Liceu has been lovingly restored and once more presented to the public. A dramatic, visceral and magical staging, it was one of the few productions to survive a disastrous fire in 1994, and after painstaking repairs was returned to the stage in 2003. Internationally acclaimed husband-and-wife team Daniela Dessì and Fabio Armiliato sing the roles of Aida and her lover Radamès, while celebrated baritone Juan Pons takes the role of Aida’s father Amonasro.

“Grand, imaginative...deeply moving.” (Gramophone)

Aida returns in victory - the success of this production of Aida is unstoppable.... The Liceu has reunited an amazing cast of voices...Daniela Dessì gives a deliciously lyrical version of the character.” (La Vanguardia)



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History

Aida

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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