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Aida: Teatro Alla Scala (Chailly) [DVD] [2007]

Violeta Urmana , Roberto Alagna , Patrizia Carmine    Exempt   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Violeta Urmana, Roberto Alagna, Marco Spotti, Ildiko Komlosi, Giorgio Giuseppini
  • Directors: Patrizia Carmine
  • Writers: Antonio Ghislanzoni
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Classics & Jazz
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 158 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PC1N54
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,713 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Early recordings of Franco Zeffirelli's 2006 production of Verdi's opera which saw Roberto Alagna's high-profile exit during the second performance. Egypt and Ethiopia are at war. Radames is appointed commander of the Egyptian forces by the King, whose daughter, Amneris, loves Radames. It is in fact Amneris' Ethiopian slave Aida whom Radames loves. Ramades wins the war against the Ethiopians, capturing Aida's father Amonasro in the process. On his return to Egypt he faces a choice between marrying Amneris or betraying his country through his love for Aida.

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regia: franco zeffirellicantantiroberto alagnavioleta urmanadirettore:riccardo chaillyorchestra:teatro alla scala milano


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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everything you want from a traditional Aida 5 Aug 2011
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular 22 July 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Who needs it ? 6 Oct 2012
By Roro
Format:Blu-ray
I really don't get it : what's the point in releasing this lousy performance, since the same (right, it is spectacular) production had already been filmed (in 1989) with a far superior cast and conducting ?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes - But... 5 Feb 2012
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a great production with a vocally splendid cast. However for me it it was almost ruined by the Met's constant drive to make opera "accessible" - whatever that means. At least the cast interviews are now placed as extras on the DVD. However why do they feel it is necessary to show highlights from virtually every scene and set as part of the menu to the DVD thus destroying any sense of wonder at the staging as the production progresses? Why do they begin the production back stage so you see the set 'nuts and bolts' before the curtain rises? Why - in an opera as spectacular as Aida do they seldom allow you to see the full stage effect but rather concentrate on silly little details like the tops of flag poles or minor set decorations? In the opera's most spectacular moments why do they insist on giving high angle shots which spoil the "reveal" so that you are not given the privileged moment of magic the audience experiences? Why do they insist on so many edits when all that most of us want is to see, and concentrate on, the singers performing? And last but far from least - why oh why do they focus-in so closely on the faces of the performers - in HD showing every wrinkle, blemish, and ounce of make-up and wig line??? That is NOT what theatre is about. It's about illusion. And when you have (sorry about this) "mature" singers of limited physical attraction, as you have in this production - it does no one any favours to be literally looking up their noses!! Come on Met, find someone like Brian Large the British tv director of some of the best versions of televised opera, and relegate whoever is advising you on the recording of your productions, to a dark back room. The tragedy is that the Met's Blu Rays are reasonably priced and normally have wonderful productions and casts. However the crass recording of many of them really does let them down so much!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning
I have seen only one better production of this Verdi masterpiece, better only because it had real animals in the Grand March. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Don
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbound.
I watched it on TV and was very happy to get it on
DVD. I was really spellbound. All the singers
are good. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dalia V.
3.0 out of 5 stars More information needed
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. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sixtus Beckmesser
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift idea for Opera lover
My father in law requested this for Xmas, not an Opera lover myself I am sure he will love it though.
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. K. A. Lakeland
4.0 out of 5 stars Still waiting for a definitive Aida
This production has one problem, the principals are on the heave side and tend to waddle rather than act. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Sixtus Beckmesser
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear..........
I suppose before buying this I should have listened to what the critics had written after the opening night - and bearing in mind that two nights after this performance Alagna was... Read more
Published on 2 July 2012 by Nigel Gallimore
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange filming of an eye-popping feast
With the one possible exception of Don Carlos, Aida is the Verdi historic opera which most lends itself to spectacle within a traditional setting. Read more
Published on 7 April 2012 by trottman
4.0 out of 5 stars A Grand Aida
This was my second opera on Blue-ray following the Decca Turandot. This is not that dissimilar in terms of picture, sound and performance. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2012 by patrick hutton
1.0 out of 5 stars The Bolshoi meets The Met
A lavish Bolshoi-style production with more gold on stage than in Fort Knox. Very annoying sports-events-like introductions before each act. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2011 by G. Account
3.0 out of 5 stars Visually unsatisfactory
This is a Blu-ray disc and as such should be produced to ensure a realistic visual account of the opera. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2011 by John Chandler
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