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Opera conducted by James Levine and featuring the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and Orchestra anc Chorus. Stars Dimitri Kavrakos, Dolora Zajick, Aprile Millo, Placido Domingo and Sherill Milnes.
- Actors: Aprile Millo, Dolora Zajick, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Paata Burchuladze
- Directors: Brian Large
- Writers: Antonio Ghislanzoni
- Producers: Peter Gelb
- Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
- Language: Italian (PCM Stereo), English (PCM Stereo), Unknown (PCM Stereo)
- Subtitles: English, German, French, Chinese
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: NR Not Rated
- Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
- DVD Release Date: December 12, 2000
- Run Time: 158 minutes
- ASIN: B000050X2Z
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Brava Aprile !
135 people found this helpful.
This 1989 Metropolitan production conducted by James Levine is visually stunning with its massive sets by Gianni Quaranta, in a palette of cream, gold and brown.
Ancient Egyptian razzmatazz and some great singing
90 people found this helpful.
Of all the ‘Aida’ productions I’ve witnessed, this version is my favorite. If you are searching for your first ‘Aida’ it should be this Metropolitan Opera production with its balance of great and good singers, and its grandiose Egyptian backdrops of sandstone, bronze, linen and gold. It has one of the better triumphal marches, too. No elephants (except for a few tusks), but scads of soldiers, dancers, Ethiopian prisoners, leopard skins, and gaily caparisoned horses.
As Good as it Gets.
112 people found this helpful.
I have written a number of reviews for Amazon – as in line with Shirley Bassey and Scooby Doo – This as Good as it gets!!
"Aida" Exemplary of Metropolitan At Its Best
38 people found this helpful.
“Aida” is a magnificent opera that requires complete suspension of belief to be truly enjoyed. That said, this 1989 production has all of the elements that historically make the Metropolitan Opera one of the world’s best. The sets and costumes are opulent, the staging is impressive and the dancers and chorus are essential in bringing what is essentially a series of musical tableaux to life. And the singing is pure Met. The Met is all about “La Voce” and Domingo, Millo, and Zajick are all voice. Aprile Millo is incredibly believable as Aida, bringing firey passion, sublime musicality and vocal inspiration to this difficult spinto role. Dolora Zajick is a formidable Amneris, who uses her strong mezzo voice and musical sensitivity to bring the essence of Pharoah’s impassioned daughter into the hearts of the audience. Placido Domingo is simply himself. He sings with articulation, power and intensity, and that’s just fine. There are a few “oops” that keep this DVD from being perfect such as awkward angles, subtitles covering up a performer now and then, and the overall static nature of the production. But it is still wonderful viewing, and a wonderful artifact of the Levine era Met. Decades from now it will serve as a tangible reminder of some of the great voices of the late 20thC. This DVD is a treasure.
25 people found this helpful.
I cannot imagine a better “Aida” than this Met production/performance from 1991. The sets and costumes spectacularly reflect the grandeur of Ancient Eqypt, and James Levine is in top form, leading the ever-fabulous Met orchestra and a cast that, if not pitch-perfect, is never less than first-rate.
13 people found this helpful.
I was puzzled by some negative reviews here and decided to take a chance on this DVD and was glad I did. While not offering the very latest in DVD sound or image resolution, this performance is sufficiently powerful and the stereo sound sufficiently satisfying to convey the essence of a classic MET production. I was amused by the somewhat wooden behavior of the chorus but then waddiya want? MTV? Relax and enjoy a musically smashing performance. The camera work does get close enough to see facial expressions adequately, the MET orchestra is of course perfection as is the conducting. If a performance here or there is a little “off” it’s OK with me, I jest settle back and let Aida blow me away! And it did!
Good classic grand opera magnificence
21 people found this helpful.
Now this is grand opera in every sence of the word. Placido Domingo was so good that I almost fell down on the floor. This again proves to me that he is the best tenor of the last 30 years. His tone, understanding of the text, phrasing, feeling for the part are something I haven’t heard before (with the possible exception of Jon Vickers). Hearing him sing in the Nile Scene with Aprile Millo about leaving his home land where he grew up and grown to love was so heartfelt and beautiful.
Grand opera at its grandest
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The first thing that impresses the viewer are the stupendous sets. It is as though the designer, Giani Quaranta, has thrown down a gauntlet to the performers – “Match this!”. He clearly conveys the impression of a great civilization that seems to be on the wane. The giant friezes (if that is the correct term) are hugely impressive, but they are beginning to crumble. The frescoes in Amneris’ room are lovely, but the paint is coming off. I was also impressed by the King’s costumes. I checked up and the headresses, including the double crown as well as the regalia – the crook and the flail – are absolutely correct. I only wonder why Pharoah did not have his false beard? Would it have made singing harder?
25 people found this helpful.
This Aida is with Placido Domingo, Aprile Millo, Dolora Zajjick recorded in 1989 at the Met with James Levine. The performance is fantastic and the recording quality and video is superb. The label is Deutsche Grammophon and this is the way DVD’s are supposed to look and sound. The quality is light years ahead of Pioneer and Sony classical.