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He and Berti bear the new Aida standard.,
This review is from: Aida (DVD)
Having viewed and re-viewed this DVD, I have come to conclusion that in terms of current Verdian singers, there is simply too few that could out-sing Marco Berti or Hui He, respectively the Radames and Aida in this performance.
In the opening Celeste Aida, Berti pours forth in a timbre with just the right amount of squillo and lyricism that one seldom hears these days (for the past decade). Here and there, very sparingly, one tight high note creeps in, but only fleetingly and undamagingly. Here is a true Verdian tenor, who luckily, has his voice 'saved' until his 50th year (he's born in 1962 January) for the real big roles and who has not 'squandered' his vocal goods in the earlier years. He is now truly ripe for the Verdian roles like Radames in 'Aida', Gustavo in 'Un Ballo', Mantua in 'Rigoletto', Ernani, Steffilio, if not Alfredo in 'La Traviata' or Manrico in 'Il Trovatore'. One certainly hope that Berti can be more dramatically alert in his acting, but with a good director, such is not impossible.
Hui He as Aida is fully convincing and dramatically affecting. As one commentary has it - her Nile scene is so passionately rendered that the water of the Nile simply simmers. Here is a Verdian soprano singing in her absolute prime. It is trite to note that the entire Act III of this recording is being dominated by her Aida, with Maestri and Berti in singularly capable partnerships with her in turn: Maestri vocally as well as dramatically; Berti vocally if not dramatically.
The production does not focus merely on the grandiose of this work - it focuses on the humane side and indirectly denounces military biligerance.
A highly recommended DVD of Verdi's masterpiece.