Verdi - Aida - The Metropolitan Opera/James Levine [VHS]

 
9786302238068: Verdi - Aida - The Metropolitan Opera/James Levine [VHS]

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ISBN 10: 6302238064 ISBN 13: 9786302238068
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Book Description 1991. Video: VHS. One VHS Tape in Like New condition (it has been played), housed in a heavy hard plastic case, which is also in excellent condition, showing no discernible flaws. Contains a 17-page pamphlet of information concerning the production and also providing a synopsis of the action in English and French. Actors: Aprile Millo, Dolora Zajick, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Paata Burchuladze, and the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra. The Opera was first performed in 1989. Directed by Brian Large. Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. Produced by Peter Gelb. Format: Classical, Color, NTSC. Format: VHS Tape. Studio: Deutsche Grammophon. Run Time: 158 minutes. Video: VHS. 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. Domingo's Rhadames is robust and masculine, and his performance is well acted and heartfelt, and Aprile Millo, beautiful in ebon makeup and with her marvelous profile, looks every inch the Ethiopian princess taken slave; her sound is rich, full of emotion, and with wonderful pianissimos. For me, her "O patria mia" is the highlight of this opera, and she shines in every scene she is in. I have a special fondness for Act One, Scene two, the "Temple of Vulcan", with "Nume, custode e vindice" one of the loveliest of the opera's melodies. Here it gets a stately treatment, and though it does not come close to the musical power of the Domingo/Ghiaurov/Muti CD, it is still good listening. Act Two, Scene Two, the Victory March, has some well behaved horses, a simple but pleasant ballet choreographed by Rodney Griffin with attractive dancers, and the entrance of the great Sherrill Milnes. Though well past his prime vocally, he looks fabulous, and is believable as the conquered King Amonasro. The cast is rounded out by Dolora Zajick as Amneris, Dimitri Kavrakos as the Egyptian King, and Paata Burchuladze as Ramfis. Though the stage direction is on occasion a little static, and the singing not always quite up to par, this is one of Verdi's grandest operas, and makes for very enjoyable viewing, and every minute spent with Aprile, is time well spent. The subtitles are legible and helpful. Bookseller Inventory # 45621

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