Verdi's Aida

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

An Egyptian princess discovers that her brand new servant has fallen for same man whom she loves.  Well, who can blame the slave - the gentleman is a dashing military hero.  As if a love triangle amidst cultural oppression isn’t complicated enough, this military hero just defeated the army of the slave’s homeland and captured her father.  What a way to meet the family!  The young slave, Aida, now has a jealous master, a forbidden love, and her father and homeland to choose between.  It’s a little bit of West Side Story, and the usual themes of love and war, based in ancient Egypt. Maybe it could be titled Middle East-Side Story?

 

Nicola Luisotti directs two casts in this production.  In this recording, Micaela Carosi sings Aida alongside tenor Marcello Giordani and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick.

CAST:

Aida - Micaela Carosi
Amneris - Dolora Zajick
Radames - Marcello Giordani
Amonasro - Marco Vratogna
Pamfis - Hao Jiang Tian
The King of Egypt - Christian Van Horn
Priestess - Leah Crocetto
Messenger - David Lomeli

CONDUCTOR: Nicola Luisotti
STAGE DIRECTOR: Jo Davies
SAN FRANCISCO OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
CHORUS DIRECTOR: Ian Robertson

Comments [1]

Joe Pearce from Brooklyn, N.Y.

I have a computer so that this doesn't affect me, but why, when announcing on prior programs the upcoming opera on Saturdays at 1pm, does the announcer always confine himself or herself to the name of the opera and where it emanates from and never give cast details (or, in the case where someone like Domingo is in that cast, giving his name and no one else's). Some of us really are interested in who is in the cast (especially in an opera like today's AIDA), and it can't take more than five to ten seconds to mention the three or four leading singers in the cast during the various announcements prior to the actual broadcast.

Aug. 27 2011 12:43 PM

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