Verdi's Aida

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Marcello Giordani as Radamès and Liudmyla Monastyrska as Aida in Verdi's Aida Marcello Giordani as Radamès and Liudmyla Monastyrska as Aida in Verdi's Aida (Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

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

Comments [9]

Seven out of eight brief, on-topic comments ain't bad. True story: as a newbie to NYC and opera, I stood (stood, I tell you!) through Aida at the Met just after I moved here in 1976.

Alas, I have only one shameless self-promotion link:


Jan. 11 2015 12:51 AM

Let's hear some other tenors at the Met who can Radames to your satisfaction. I don't think we can dig up Martinelli, Del Monaco or even Melchior. So who would you suggest on the roster to sing Radames?

Jan. 10 2015 03:41 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

CBC: Never was lucky enough to hear Zinka as Desdemona. As yes, the Golden Swede. I was listening to him when my son came home from school and he asked "Mom, who the hell is that?" Yes indeed.
Today's Rhadames not so great, not the proper voice for this. As for the Amonasro, this baritone poisoned me forever with his thuggish portrayal of Scarpia. That whole production of Tosca should be thrown out in the garbage.
Now Aida is what Grand Opera is all about. This is a child of Peppino's old age along with Otello and Falstaff.
Best wishes to all

Jan. 10 2015 03:27 PM

CBC I'll definitely bring the vino. Did you ever hear Zinka's Desdemona? WOW. As for Jussi what can you say? Remember the worldwide tremors Callas caused with that high Eb? I only know of two other who tried that, Sutherland & Millo. Does anyone know of any other sops. who hit that high Eb over high C?

Jan. 10 2015 03:12 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Paul fvrom Brooklyn, you are so right Marco Giordani does not have the proper voice for a Rhadame; his voice is more appropriate for the role of Rodolfo in La Boheme or Alfredo in La Traviata. What's wrong with the MET OPERA ? There are plenty of dramatic tenors and also spinto tenors who could sing a reasonable performance in the role. It appears to have been a political decision. by the MET. One of our regular bloggers wonders why I mention my activities. Unlike those non-classical performers who get loads of publicity for nonsensical activities, the classical artist, be it a he or a she in the fine arts or performance realms, it's a struggle to get the recognition and the opening to show one's worth. Most of the classical opera composers spent most of their time getting funded for their staged works. It also involved intrigues and political associations which robbed them of time that they could have spent otherwise creating. It seems that there has always been an attitude among audiences that attending a performance by a well-known performer is preferable to attending one by a relatively unheralded performer. That is much like who gets elected in the political arena. I am a performer in many gendre and have in each my own audience that may not have heard me in my other performance ventures. They come to what I advertise and what is known by praiseworthy word of mouth. Many come to my performances after hearing my singing, at Recorded Selections, on my websites, and Happy New Year Everyone.

Jan. 10 2015 02:53 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

CBC: How charming. Ci saro vicino. I remember the Golden Swede Jussi and Zinka. I have the recording with Tebaldi and Delmonaco.
Take care. Metti vicino al fuoco. Aspetta, un po di vino.

Jan. 10 2015 02:17 PM

CBC e fredda fuori ma chi stara vicina. too cold for anyone to post a comment? not a bad perf. my favorite goes way back to the '53 b'cast with Zinka, Mario, Blanche, Hines and London. I don't think we can do better than that.

Jan. 10 2015 01:56 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

CBC: Hope you are well. Auguri
Happy New Year to all.

Jan. 10 2015 01:32 PM
Paul from Brooklyn, NY

With all the great tenors we have available, why does the Met pick a Radames with a voice not suitable to this role.

Jan. 10 2015 01:21 PM

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