Verdi's Aïda

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Saturday, July 07, 2012

Aida, Verdi's popular masterpiece returns from the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Sondra Radvanovsky sings the title role of the Ethiopian princess-turned-Egyptian-slave. Marcello Giordani is the Egyptian soldier Radames. Jill Grove completes the love triangle as Amneris, and Gordon Hawkins as Amonasro. Renato Palumbo conducts.

CAST:

Aïda                                     Sondra Radvanovsky

Radames                              Marcello Giordani

Amneris                                Jill Grove

Amonasro                             Gordon Hawkins

Ramfis                                  Štefan Kocán

 

CONDUCTOR:                       Renato Palumbo

STAGE DIRECTOR:               Matthew Lata

LYRIC OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS

CHORUS MASTER:               Michael Black

APPROX. LENGTH:            4 hours

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Comments [2]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ


AIDA, IMHO, is for big-voiced, rich in timbre color, singers- sopranos, mezzos, tenors, baritones and tenors -the ideal opera for most audiences. Corelli and Caruso had the most authentic-sounding voices singing the Rhadames role. Titta Ruffo was perhaps the very personification in tone and dramaturgy the ideal Amonasro.
Rosa Ponselle and Renata Tebaldi vie competively fore the role of Aida. I was present in Studio 8 H when Toscanini conducted the broadcast of Aida. His conducting was appropriately epic, majestic, solemn, nuanced, lyric and moved inexorably at the most effective pace for the most sensitive expression of the music and the drama. The Priestess Teresa Stich-Randall, later to become a star at the Vienna State Opera, was at that time also a classmate of mine at Columbia University's opera workshop. The Rhadames was Richard Tucker, Herva Nelli the Aida. It was not the cast but Toscanini's conducting that made that performance so memorable. As Ramphis, Jerome Hines, Alexander Kipnis, and going way back into operatic lore, if one can trust it, Eduard de Reszke who was known to be a fantastic Ramphis, would comprise all the above for a celeste cast !!! I neglected to cite an Amneris. Margarete Mtzenauer, the Amneris opposite Caruso at his debut as Rhadames at the MET with Toscanini conducting, Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Ebe Stignani, Emmy Destinn, Shirley Verrett and Blanche Thebom were ALL highly effective commanding personalities as well as vocally sturdy. BUON NATALE e FELICE CAPO D'ANNO A TUTTI!!! I am a romantischer heldentenor. I have sung four solo concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. My live Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall performances, including my singing of Siegfried, Gotterdammerung Siegfried, Tristan, Siegmund, Parsifal, Lohengrin, Rienzi, Walther von Stolzing, Otello, Eleazar and Florestan. may be downloaded, free, at "Recorded Selections" on my three websites, www.WagnerOpera.com, , www.ShakespeareOpera.com, and www.RichardWagnerMusicDramaInstitute.com. My voice teachers were the legendary MET OPERA singers Alexander Kipnis, Friedrich Schorr, Martial Singher, John Brownlee, Karin Branzell and Margarete Matzenauer. I am an opera composer ["Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare"] and the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute in Boonton, NJ where I train actors in all the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers in all the Wagner opera roles.

Dec. 15 2012 05:17 PM
larry eisenberg from new york city

The Ladies are in true top form,
The Tenor, way below the norm,
Giordani, nice fellow,
May struggle and bellow,
Aida, Amneris, perform.

Jul. 07 2012 03:22 PM

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