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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Cantonese Chinese
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2011
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00507ZQSO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,985 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Daniele Gatti leads the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus in this sumptuous production of Verdi's opera recorded live in New York in 2009. Performers include Violeta Urmana, Johan Botha, Dolora Zajick and Carlo Guelfi.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark R. Irving on 20 July 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This blu-ray is incorrectly subtitled as "Starring Violeta Urmana and Roberto Alagna". The correct subtitle should be "Starring Franco Zeffirelli and Franco Zeffirelli".

Despite the riot of coloured viscose and polyester the staging is exquisite, with all the Zeffirelli glitter one expects. However, this blu-ray suffers from the most awful video editing that distracts from the drama attempting to focus your attention on the fine fabrics, shiny amulets and Zefferelli details.

Performances are mostly good but not spectacular. Urmana sings well enough but Alagna is not on his finest form. Komlosi's Amneris for me gives the best performance and the orchestra under Chailly is superb. Audio quality is good.

But what spoils this version for me (apart from the continued practice of blacking-up Aida) most of all is the eye-wateringly ludicrous Dance of the Priestesses, performed by a ballerina who should have been paid with luncheon vouchers, pretentiously prancing about like someone from amateur rep. In fact it reminded me of The Dude's landlord in The Great Lebowski. A very atmospheric part of the opera utterly ruined.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mark R. Irving on 22 July 2011
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Having seen Decca's appalling blu-ray of Turandot my expectations of this Aida were lowered. They needn't have been because it is wonderful.

The legendary Zefferelli set is tasteful, the camera and editing is unobtrusive, video quality is excellent, sound engineering and audio quality top notch.

As for the performers, the orchestra under Gatti sounds dynamic and well paced throughout. Urmana as Aida performs far better than she did in the vulgar Milan production. Botha sings a bold Radames from beginning to end. Indeed, everyone in the cast seems to be confident, relaxed and on top of their roles.

And then there is Dolores Zajick. Now at her maturity she would be forgiven for not performing as well as she did with Domingo and Milo. No forgiveness necessary as she is every inch the Amneris she was 20 years ago, and some!

This performance does not topple Levine's as the definitive Aida but it comes within a hair's breadth.

And yes, the bloody Met audience interrupt the final G-flat "Pace" as always. But I guess they paid a lot more than I did for the privilege.

Edit: A friend re-watched with me and commented on Urmana's performance lacking dynamism. Fair observation but I think this is very much an Amneris led performance. It's not uncommon for Amneris to upstage Aida and in this case it is performed on that premise. Here Zajick fleshes out the lovesick Amneris more than any production I have seen.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Aug. 2011
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Although there is an intimate and tragic love story at its heart, Aida is set against the exotic background of the Egypt of the Pharaohs, and is full of patriotic, nationalistic sentiments, as the Egyptian army prepare to go to war to fight off a revolt by the Ethiopians. It's a perfect subject, in other words, for Verdi, and it was undoubtedly the nature of the storyline, much more than any commission for the new opera house in Cairo (which he repeatedly refused) or the grand occasion of the opening of the Suez Canal, that encouraged him to return to opera composition in 1871, and he would return in style with a magnificent work.

Considering its origins and its setting - whether it was composed for a grand occasion or not - Verdi's Aida is appropriately stately in its expressions of nationalistic pride and identity, with extravagant marches, battle hymns, ceremonial processions and dances. There's no point in doing Aida in a minimalist style, as Robert Wilson has done in the past (although it's certainly interesting to see something different attempted) - this is an opera that just calls out for a grand scale production. If you haven't got a stage the size of the Arena di Verona, and a director like Franco Zeffirelli to fill it, the nearest grand, traditionally staged Aida you are going to find is this Sonja Frisell production - now over twenty years old - for the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

It's a big production in every respect - and yes, I include the size of the singers in this - with towering temples, the stage filled with chorus, troops, dancers and well-tanned, bare-chested slaves, even horses and chariots, all arranged in grand ceremonial processions and formations.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. Account on 9 Oct. 2011
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A lavish Bolshoi-style production with more gold on stage than in Fort Knox. Very annoying sports-events-like introductions before each act. And - I agree with one of reviewers - oh boy, you need a really wide screen to accommodate the cast. I wish it would be possible to zoom out rather to see this in close up. Honestly.
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I was hoping for the Verona production. I couldn't see where it was staged and so took a guess from the picture and the director's name. I got Milan instead. The big problem is the cameras seem to be in the hands of someone who doesn't know what to do with them. They are constantly fading to billowing material, which I found annoying. Strangely the production seems to have too much spectacle, which makes the staging very congested. In summary, rather less than the sum of its parts.
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