Verdi: Aida (Blu Ray) [Blu-ray]

Verdi: Aida (Blu Ray) [Blu-ray]

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Brand:
Opus Arte
Actors:
Marco Berti, Hui He, Roberto Tagliavini, Antonella Trevisan, Daniel Oren
ASIN:
B00EWT1824
Aspect Ratio:
1.78:1
Director:
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Media Format:
Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
MPAA rating:
s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
Number of discs:
1
Release date:
November 19, 2013
Run time:
2 hours and 30 minutes
Studio:
Opus Arte
Subtitles::
English, French, German, Japanese
The grand scale and magnificent acoustics of the Roman arena in Verona are ideally suited to the pageantry of Verdi's Egyptian opera, presented here in a staging that is true to the original 1913 production, framed by obelisks and sphinxes and filled with chorus and dancers. Chinese soprano Hui He has won international acclaim for her portrayal of the eponymous slave girl whose forbidden love for the war hero Radamés (Marco Berti, the experienced Verdi tenor) brings death to them both. Press Reviews"It's straightforward, recalling Edwardian toy theatre...And the spectacle isn't overdone...Ulbrich is a fiery Amneris. But it's the Ethiopians who carry the day, with Maestri's thundering Amonasro and, above all, Chinese soprano Hui He's Aida, vocally strong and passionate and commanding a decent mezza voce. " (BBC Music Magazine ★★★) "Hui He is one of the world's Aidas of choice, and there's no denying that she's got what it takes...Berti, similarly, has a true Verdi tenor as Radames...Ulbrich is an impressive Amneris without a well-placed top couple of notes...Maestri, who looks as if he could stomp the Egyptians to death if he wanted to, sings and acts a monumental Amonasro. " (International Record Review) "[Hui He] is quite magnificent, her silvery-toned soprano soaring above the orchestra. Add her involved and expressive acting and excellent vocal characterisation to a smooth legato line and I was bowled over...[Ulbrich] has the vocal heft and bite to come over in the large Verona Arena whilst her committed acting was also welcome. " (Musicweb International) CastRoberto Tagliavini (The King of Egypt)Andrea Ulbrich (Amneris)Hui He (Aida)Marco Berti (Radamès)Francesco Ellero D'artegna (Ramfis)Ambrogio Maestri (Amonasro)Antonella Trevisan (High Priestess)Antonello Ceron (A messenger)Orchestra, Chorus and Corps de Ballet of the Arena di Verona; Daniel Oren ProductionCompany: Arena di VeronaStage Director: Gianfranco De BosioTelevision Director: Tiziano ManciniChoreographer: SUSANNA EGRI Disc InformationCatalogue Number: OABD7122DDate of Performance: 2012Running Time: 150 minutesAspect Ratio: 16:9Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, JPLabel: Opus Arte Review This revival is, in many ways, worthy of the Verdi year. --Opera News, May 2014
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