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  • Actors: Maria Chiara, Juan Pons, Nicola Ghiuselev, Dolora Zajick, Carlo Striuli
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Italian, Dutch, English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: TDK
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Oct. 2006
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IY06AM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,641 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Maria Chiara takes centre stage in Gianfranco De Bosio's lavish production of Verdi's opera, staged at the Arena Di Verona in 1992. Icelandic tenor Kristján Jóhannsson plays Radamés, with American mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick as Amneris and Juan Pons as Amonasro. The orchestra and chorus are conducted by Nello Santi.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By P. Markham on 11 Mar. 2010
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This is a truly remarkable production. It was directed by no less than Franco Zeffirelli, with a cast of principals all in their twenties, coached by that great Verdi tenor Carlo Bergonzi. The opera was performed and recorded at the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi, Busseto, on the 27th January 2001, the exact centenary of Verdi's death. The theatre is tiny by international standards, seating just 350, with an orchestra pit and stage to match the size of the auditorium. Nevertheless this is a performance of truly international standard. The costumes and sets are spectacular, the orchestra and chorus are excellent and the young principals are just brilliant.

This small theatre was chosen not just to commemorate Verdi but also to provide an intimate performing venue in order not to put too great a strain on developing young voices. The result is just outstanding and immensely satisfying. There are, of course, some limitations to the vocal performances. There is not always the power or precision of vocal control that one might expect from the greatest performers (although they often fail to deliver on that score), but the compensations are enormous. With such a young cast the believability factor is hugely enhanced. Their acting is excellent and they simply look right because their ages are much closer to that of the characters. Even the older characters such as the High Priest and Aida's father Amonasro, look and sound right. There is a very young looking pharaoh but of course many Egyptian pharaohs were very young - Tutankhamen for example, so in a strange way that actually adds to the credibility here. The lavish sets and costumes also make this a visual feast. Zeffirelli's direction brings out new and interesting elements of the drama from his young performers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BoskoG on 6 July 2012
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Performed on a small stage that at times looks overcrowded, but provides for a very intimate performance.

Picture quality 4 - excellent but the presentation should have been widescreen.
Sound quality 4 - a bit 'thin' in parts.
Sets 5 - Egyptian pharaoh type sets on a small stage. Very cinematic.
Storytelling 5
Music making (orchestra) 4
Acting 4 - awkward at times but full of passion and emotion.
Direction (camera work) 5
Singing 5 - Aida 5, Amneris 5, Radames 4, High Priest 5, Amanasro 4 and chorus 5.
Costumes 5 - Egyptian pharaoh type period costumes.
Dancing 2 - ballet in act 2 cut.

Recommended. A moving but flawed production.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Jan. 2007
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This is visually one of the classiest Aïdas I've ever seen, with sumptuous sets and costumes taken directly from suggestions made by French Egyptologist August Mariette who had (anonymously) suggested the topic to Verdi for an opera set in Egypt. But musically this is strictly a bush-league production. The orchestra sets the tone for what is to come in an out-of-tune prelude. And their playing doesn't get much better. Icelandic tenor Kristján Jóhansson, as Radamès, has a fairly pleasant voice but he resorts to bawling in his upper range, his acting is wooden, and frankly his big aria 'Celeste Aïda' is excruciating. But this is nothing compared to the squawly Aïda of Maria Chiara who was fifty-three and whose voice was worn and wobbly when this Verona Arena production was presented in 1992. She may have been a much better singer earlier in her career but here she is difficult hear. The secondary characters fare better: Delora Zajick is a fine Amneris, Nicola Ghiuselev makes an impressive Ramfis, Juan Pons a reasonably good Amonasro. Outstanding is Carlo Striuli as Il Re.

I love productions that are as visually rich and apt as this one, but I'm really heartsick that the musical values in this DVD are so unacceptable.

Avoid this one unless you just have to have the visuals.

Scott Morrison
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ok the grandmarch doesnt quite excite as it should
and dolora zacjick is great as amneris but i found maria chiara too far gone for a believable aida
tenor loud and scandinavian. only juan pons looking like a lion blacked up sing to the size of verone with his big instrument
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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Sets and Costumes but Second-Rate Aïda & Radamès 21 Jan. 2007
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is visually one of the classiest Aïdas I've ever seen, with sumptuous sets and costumes taken directly from suggestions made by French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette who had (anonymously) suggested the topic to Verdi for an opera set in Egypt. But musically this is strictly a bush-league production. The orchestra sets the tone for what is to come in an out-of-tune prelude. And their playing doesn't get much better. Icelandic tenor Kristján Jóhansson, as Radamès, has a fairly pleasant voice but he resorts to bawling in his upper range, his acting is wooden, and frankly his big aria 'Celeste Aïda' is excruciating. But this is nothing compared to the squawly Aïda of Maria Chiara who was fifty-three and whose voice was worn and wobbly when this Verona Arena production was presented in 1992. She may have been a much better singer earlier in her career but here she is difficult hear. The secondary characters fare better: Delora Zajick is a fine Amneris, Nicola Ghiuselev makes an impressive Ramfis, Juan Pons a reasonably good Amonasro. Outstanding is Carlo Striuli as Il Re.

I love productions that are as visually rich and apt as this one, but I'm really heartsick that the musical values are so unacceptable in this DVD.

Avoid this one unless you just have to have the visuals.

Scott Morrison
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wrong Reviews!!!! 6 Feb. 2013
By Joseph Rochetto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
None of the reviews I read hear pertain to the video in question. They all seem to be reviewing a performance by Pavarotti at La Scala. This performance is from Verona and Pavarotti isn't even in the opera. So I'm afraid readers have no basis on which to form an opinion from these reviews. Wake up Amazon and fix this. Not having seen this performance myself I have no idea how many stars to give, I'm just writing this to warn potential buyers.
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