Verdi's Aida

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Marcello Giordani as Radamès and Liudmyla Monastyrska as Aida in Verdi's Aida

This week's broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera is Verdi's 1871 opera about a doomed love triangle in which an enslaved Ethiopian 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 Violeta Urmana as Amneris; tenor Marcello Giordani, who portrays Radamès; and soprano Tamara Wilson in the title role. The cast also features two noted young basses, Dmitry Belosselskiy and Soloman Howard. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Cast and Credits:

Conductor: Marco Armiliato
Aida: Tamara Wilson
Amneris: Violeta Urmana
Radamès: Marcello Giordani
Amonasro: George Gagnidze
Ramfis: Dimitry Belosselskiy
The King: Soloman Howard