DVD - 2012 | Italian | Full screen.
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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 throughout the 1980s, and again in 1992, when this production was filmed. 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 vastness of the arena, allows for a vision that is almost cinematic, thus making the work ideal for a recording on DVD. Masterfully captured by Italian television with state of the art technology, this opera classic proves to be a feast for the eyes and the ears of the home viewer.
Publisher: [Germany] : Arthaus Musik, c2012.
Edition: Full screen.
Branch Call Number: 792.542 A288i
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (146 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet.


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