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Aida 3D (Verona) [Hui Je, Marco Berti, Andrea Ulbrich, Gianfranco De Bosio] [Opus Arte: OA1107D] [DVD]  [NTSC]
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The grand scale and magnificent acoustics of the Roman arena in Verona are ideally suited to the pageantry of Verdi's Egyptian opera, presented here in a staging that is true to the original 1913 production, framed by obelisks and sphinxes and filled with chorus and dancers. Chinese soprano Hui He has won international acclaim for her portrayal of the eponymous slave girl whose forbidden love for the war hero Radamés (Marco Berti, the experienced Verdi tenor) brings death to them both.
"It's straightforward, recalling Edwardian toy theatre...And the spectacle isn't overdone...Ulbrich is a fiery Amneris. But it's the Ethiopians who carry the day, with Maestri's thundering Amonasro and, above all, Chinese soprano Hui He's Aida, vocally strong and passionate and commanding a decent mezza voce.
" (BBC Music Magazine ★★★)
"Hui He is one of the world's Aidas of choice, and there's no denying that she's got what it takes...Berti, similarly, has a true Verdi tenor as Radames...Ulbrich is an impressive Amneris without a well-placed top couple of notes...Maestri, who looks as if he could stomp the Egyptians to death if he wanted to, sings and acts a monumental Amonasro.
" (International Record Review)
"[Hui He] is quite magnificent, her silvery-toned soprano soaring above the orchestra. Add her involved and expressive acting and excellent vocal characterisation to a smooth legato line and I was bowled over...[Ulbrich] has the vocal heft and bite to come over in the large Verona Arena whilst her committed acting was also welcome.
" (Musicweb International)
CastROBERTO TAGLIAVINI (The King of Egypt)ANDREA ULBRICH (Amneris)HUI HE (Aida)MARCO BERTI (Radamès)FRANCESCO ELLERO D'ARTEGNA (Ramfis)AMBROGIO MAESTRI (Amonasro)Antonella Trevisan (High Priestess)Antonello Ceron (A messenger)
Orchestra, Chorus and Corps de Ballet of the Arena di Verona; DANIEL ORENStage Director: GIANFRANCO DE BOSIOTelevision Director: TIZIANO MANCINIChoreographer: SUSANNA EGRI
Catalogue Number: OA1107DDate of Performance: 2012Running Time: 150 minutesAspect Ratio: 16:9 AnamorphicSubtitles: EN, FR, DE, JPLabel: Opus Arte
And at its best 3D really does enhance your sense of being there.Those who have seen Verona will be transported back , those who haven't may be well impressed enough to try. Perfomance *** Picture (Bluray ) ***** --BBC Music Magazine, Feb'14 --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
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Hui He has no such problems, she is strong throughout her range, and is a credible Aida.
In scene two, the high priestess, Antonella Trevison is up to her task, and she is ably supported by the excellent chorus, the staging of the ballet is very enjoyable.
In act 2 the chorus and dancers get off to a good start, once again Amneris is alright but still lacks the spark. The slaves dance is particularly good. It was in the interaction between Amneris and Aida that I realised what was , and remains missing in the interaction between characters, they sing in concert style, direct to the audience and not to each other.
Act 2 scene 2 is a highlight , The Grand March sequence is a great spectacle, with some fine on stage post-horns, and some and a fine chorus. The chorus and the extras are countless in number, and the ballet sequences excellent.
In act 3, The set for the banks of the Nile is very effective, D'Artegne as Ramfis is good in the middle range, but lacks power at the bottom end of his voice. Tagliavini as The King has one of the better voices in the production. Maestri as Amonasro has a huge stage presence and has a fine voice. When Aida sings her nostalgic aria she is very good and this is one of the vocal highlights of the production.Read more ›
3D was excellent, I do recommend buy the expensive connecting leads, I bought three the difference was amazing, I did not realize
leads could make so much difference, it is worth spending out.
The picture quality is excellent throughout and the 3D effect makes it feel like you are amongst the audience - although it is often a high perspective, when the stage starts to fill out with large numbers. In arias with fewer participants, then the camera does zoom in for close-ups on the singers - but generally the director goes for the spectacular shots which emphasise how big this production really is. This is probably more naturalistic and what most of the audience would have actually seen on the night.
Sound is also pretty good in DTS-HD Master Audio, surround. At times it can be a bit "flat" with a lack of natural reverberation, which is inevitable with an outdoor performance - but it sounds like a faithful reproduction of what was actually happening and the main singers come through very well and are never drowned out by the orchestra or chorus. The chorus are not as clear as the soloists, but then it would have been impossible to mic up every singer in the large chorus.
Overall it can seem a bit static, but given the huge logistical challenges, getting this all together was an impressive achievement and certainly worth a look in 3D. There aren't that many operas available in 3D, so this is a good addition to the list.
I bought this disc because I wanted to see how it worked in 3D and I wasn't disappointed. The sets come out at you and you feel the depth.
It's an open air production staged in the 3000+ years old Roman arena, however the sound is respectable. You notice the line of mics at the front of the stage used to record this. I thought the choir's sound was a bit muffled but the principals were spot on. I recommend listening in DTS mode.
At the beginning of Act 1 a white stray cat can be seen backstage but he makes a noiseless exit, unperturbed by Aida and Radames singing to each other. Luckily the singers were not distracted as the feline was behind them!
All in all an enjoyable live production filmed in glorious 3D.
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Great screenplay in these majestic Verona Arenas. All in all this is a good version of Aida.Published 3 months ago by zonzon
loved it thought the 3d vision was soso t he sound was a bit not right it should have been 7.1 but other than that yes I did enjoyPublished 9 months ago by Ronald G. Carter
3D AIDA what is there to say Visually stunning but the singing was very below par. A very poor cast.Published on 1 Feb. 2014 by L. T. Chaffer
Aida is a hell of an opera to stage: Enormous sets?? massive sound stage? huge cast, expensive costumes and it needs a decent set of soloists. Read morePublished on 12 Dec. 2013 by John Chandler
I agree with Sixtus Beckmesser. This is a terrible production and NOT in 3D as per the product description. Read morePublished on 11 Dec. 2013 by M. P. Hoberman
It may say blu-ray, but the quality is about the same as a VHS to VHS copy. Avoid.
The actual performance is fine. A like of paint to the props would have been nice.