Aida (Teatro Alla Scala)

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Overview

Luciano Pavarotti, often cited as the world's finest operatic tenor, stars in this lavish production of Giuseppe Verdi's classic opera. Set in ancient Egypt, Aida concerns the romantic entanglement of military leader Radames, the beautiful Princess Amneris, and Aida, her slave from Ethiopia. Radames and Aida are in love with each other, but Amneris loves him too; what Radames does not know is that he has to choose between two Princesses, because Aida also comes from royal blood. Co-starring with Pavarotti in this...
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Overview

Luciano Pavarotti, often cited as the world's finest operatic tenor, stars in this lavish production of Giuseppe Verdi's classic opera. Set in ancient Egypt, Aida concerns the romantic entanglement of military leader Radames, the beautiful Princess Amneris, and Aida, her slave from Ethiopia. Radames and Aida are in love with each other, but Amneris loves him too; what Radames does not know is that he has to choose between two Princesses, because Aida also comes from royal blood. Co-starring with Pavarotti in this production, produced by the La Scala Opera Company of Italy, are Ghena Dimitrova, Maria Chiara, Nicolia Ghiaurov, Paata Burchuladze, and Juan Pons.
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Special Features

The Making of Aida; Interviews with Luciano Pavarotti, Lorin Maazel, Carlo Bergonzi, Renata Tebaldi, Dame Eva Turner
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kevin Giordano
Mauro Pagano, the set designer for this version of Verdi's Aida, has done everything short of hauling real sand into the Teatro alla Scala in Milan to suggest this opera classic's dry, parched desert setting. Drenched in amber tones, Radames (Luciano Pavarotti) and Aida (Maria Chiara) look sunburnt, Aida's oily complexion glistening marvelously against the yellow backdrop. Scene Two is marvelously blue, showing more than just evening and mirroring the three solemn prayer pieces. As evidenced by the brilliant close-ups of Pavarotti and Chiara, director Derek Bailey has made detail the focal point here. The bathing of Amneris (Ghena Dimitrova) in Act II is sensuously depicted with half-naked slave girls lolling around hot rocks and heaps luxurious beds of resplendent fabrics. The glory in these close-ups is that they give perspectives otherwise not seen from even orchestra seats: We float above the characters' heads and languish long in their midst. Pavarotti's Radames is wonderfully sincere, and Chiara gives heartfelt meaning to Aida's arias of torment. Dimitrova's Amneris is not as depraved as in other productions, but her performance is satisfying. Above all is the thrill of seeing the details on the performer's faces, such as Radames's saddened expression when the king offers him his daughter, Amneris, and Aida when she realizes she must accept her fate with Radames. In every way, this Aida has been brilliantly exposed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/28/2009
  • UPC: 807280005998
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Source: Arthaus Musik
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 2:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 53,178

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paata Burchuladze King of Egypt
Maria Chiara , Ada
Ghena Dimitrova Amneris
Nikolai Ghiaurov Ramphis
Luciano Pavarotti Radames
Juan Pons , Amonastro
Lorin Maazel Conductor
Technical Credits
Derek Bailey Director
Vera Marzot Costumes/Costume Designer
Mauro Pagano Set Decoration/Design
Robin Scott Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Aida
1. Atto Primmo [4:35]
12. Atto Secondo [:00]
24. Atto Terzo [5:20]
30. Atto Quarto [3:19]
Disc #2 -- Aida
1. Opening and Interviews [1:44]
2. Presentation [1:10]
3. Verdi's Life [7:14]
4. Carlo Bergonzi [2:38]
5. Pavarotti: "Celeste Aida" [3:36]
6. Europe and Egypt [4:57]
7. The Librettist Antonio Ghislanzoni [2:53]
8. Duet Amneris/Aida [4:47]
9. The Triumph of Radames [2:29]
10. Luca Ronconi [1:15]
11. The European Domination [:55]
12. Entry of Amonasro (Triumphal Scene) [3:46]
13. ACT III - Egyptian Spirit [2:31]
14. La Scala, Milan [2:13]
15. Aida in the 20th Century [2:16]
16. "O Patria Mia" [2:28]
17. Duet Amonasro/Aida [1:27]
18. Amonasro as Typical Verdian Father [6:11]
19. Her Love or Her Country? [2:02]
20. Judgement Scene [4:55]
21. Aida in Cairo and Milan [5:01]
22. Credits [8:42]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Majestic

    If you are not a true opera buff, this is not the opera for you. Try "La Boheme", Cavalleria Rusticana", "L'elisir D'amore" or "Il Trovatore". "Aida" can be ponderous. Verdi wrote it to show he COULD. But if you are a true aficionada...this is awesome. From the scenery to the stars.

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