Verdi: Aida (Met DVD) – Plácido Domingo, Aprile Millo, Sherrill Milnes

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Verdi: Aida (Met DVD) – Plácido Domingo, Aprile Millo, Sherrill Milnes

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Artists: Aprile Millo, Plàcido Domingo, Dolora Zajick, Sherrill Milnes, Paata Burchuladze, Dimitri Kavrakos, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus & Ballet
Conductor: James Levine
Director: Sonja Frisell
Format: NTSC
Language: Italian
Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
DVD Release Date: December 12, 2000
Run Time: 158 minutes

This 1989 Met Opera televised production of Verdi’s celebrated opera won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Classical Program in the Performing Arts.



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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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