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The Amneris, Ildiko Komlosi, dominates the stage in her scenes as the imperious Pharaohs daughter. Like her rival for Radames affections, Aida, she wont erase memories of other fine Amneris but shes a definite plus in this production. Less so is Carlo Guelphi, the Amonastro, rough of voice and generalized in his singing and acting. Smaller parts are capably done and the La Scala Orchestra is alertly led by Ricardo Chailly. He paces the opera with vigor, exposes details of the score often overlooked, and draws some ravishing playing from the strings.The ballet sequences are done with a Hollywoodish touch that fits the production, but the video direction of Patrizia Carmine will draw some boos from home viewers. There are frequent fades to swirling, out-of-focus details of stage décor, veils and materials, accelerating in later scenes to become annoying distractions, especially since they often occur in mid-aria, sabotaging the musical flow and diverting attention from the singers. Still, this is a worthy production of a great opera.--Dan Davis
Aida is an all-regions 2-disc set in 16:9 ratio. Sound options include PCM Stereo and DTS 5.1 Surround. Subtitles include English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese.
And the ceiling shots, forget about those too.
Yes, it was hard to appreciate Aida, as portrayed by Violetta, as being someone to risk life and reputation for, but her brilliant singing made me overlook this.
Komlosi's Amneris was wonderful in every respect - vocally, visually, with some fine acting talents.
Brilliant in 3-D. A fantastic staging of one of the all time greats in opera.Published 1 month ago by Peter M
Let me start by adding my voice to the choir of criticism to the incompetent, "look at me" video direction, particularly galling as it goes straight against the tasteful... Read morePublished 7 months ago by calaf
I chose this particular recording because of the reviews. It certainly lived up to them. The sheer extravance of the sets, excellent choice of artists and recording quality all... Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by Mr. R.E. LYNCH
I love Aida, and this production is as usual a thing of beauty. Blu-ray operas are the best. But the camera angles from the pit, looking up the nostrils of the performers, are... Read morePublished on April 11, 2012 by B Keller
All-in-all a superb recording - excellent staging, featured soloists, chorus, orchestra, conducting, and sets. We saw Aida with Pavarotti at the Met a few years ago. Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by Gribard the Dinosaur
Well, I'll never get the purchase price back let alone the time I wasted watching this travesty. Horrible video presentation (frequent ridiculous transition fades), garish sets... Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by wgc
Grat singing. Singers never reflected at theirs faces and acting movements what was going on. Except for the tenor,
the others sang looking at the floor maybe looking for... Read more
Aida was an opera in which Verdi clearly planned large scale perfomances, not unlike the classic French operas of Meyerbeer. Read morePublished on November 7, 2011 by Richard Askenase
The main leads are so overweight they can hardly move. On CD it is not a problem but on Blu-ray it just looks ridicuous. Read morePublished on September 28, 2011 by John Chandler