Verdi's Aida

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Stephanie Blythe in Aida

This week's broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera is Verdi's 1871 opera about a doomed love triangle in which an enslaved African princess Aida falls in love with her Egyptian captor, Radames, who is engaged to the royal princess Amneris. The opera comes in Sonja Frisell's lavish 1988 production, a particular favorite among audiences.

This afternoon's performance features mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe as Amneris, who made her house role debut in the role; tenor Marcelo Álvarez, who portrays Radamès; and soprano Latonia Moore in the title role, replacing Violeta Urmana, who is ill. This is Moore’s Met debut. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Conductor: Marco Armiliato

Aida: Latonia Moore

Amneris: Stephanie Blythe

Radamès: Marcello Giordani

Amonasro: Lado Ataneli

Ramfis: James Morris

The King: Jordan Bisch