RELEASED: June 25, 2006
ARTIST: Symphonic Orchestra and Choirs of La Monnaie - De Munt
Aida – Verdi

Cast

Norma Fantini (Aida)
Marco Berti (Radamés)
Ildiko Komlosi (Amneris)
Mark S. Doss (Amonasro)
Orlin Anastassov (Ramfis)
Guido Jentjens (Il Re)
Michela Remor (Una sacerdotessa)
André Grégoire (Un messaggero)

Kazushi Ono (Musical Director)
Robert Wilson (Stage Director, Set & Lighting Designer)
Piers Maxim (Chorus Master)

Description

Cult director Robert Wilson’s highly stylised and intensely dramatic staging brings a Zen-like tranquillity to Verdi’s great opera concerning the conflict between individual aspiration, tradition and duty. His visually calm, yet emotionally taut, direction is emphasised by outstanding performances from the cast and the Symphony Orchestra and Choir of la Monnaie – De Munt under the commanding and inspired musical direction of Kazushi Ono. Recorded live at the Royal Opera House (La Monnaie/De Munt) in Brussels, this riveting and painstakingly beautiful production, reminiscent at times of Japanese Noh theatre, offers a new and thought-provoking experience of a masterpiece. Recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.

Reviews

“Wilson’s production of Aida is one of his truly great creations – highly disciplined and utterly convincing. …The Monnaie’s performance was superb… The outstanding cast had no weak links vocally.”
– Phil Ward, Opera

“…the Hungarian mezzo Ildiko Komlosi is a sensational Amneris, a singer of the highest calibre and a born tragédienne. The rest of the cast is equally outstanding… Verdi’s score acquired a chamber-music quality and the subtle instrumental details were lovingly underlined. A stunning production, not to be missed.”
– The Bulletin

“…Monnaie orchestra was in tip-top rip-roaring form, brass firm focussed and cutting edge, woodwind, specially the flutes, longbreathed and luminous, strings reaching to top and bottom of their ranges with exemplary certainty and clarity.”
– John McCann, Opera

“Amneris is sung by the rivetingly powerful Hungarian mezzo Ildiko Komlosi… Norma Fantini’s vibrant, emotionally confused Aida is sheathed in white… Mr Wilson … creates a sense of visual calm and continuum that has you looking at the stage as you might contemplate a painting. … Under his subtle, emotionally taut direction, the singers, chorus and orchestra sounded magnificent.”
– The Wall Street Journal Europe

Picture Format : 16:9 Anamorphic (widescreen)
Sound Formats: DTS Surround / LPCM Stereo
Region Code: All regions
Menu languages: English Subtitles: English/French/German/Spanish/Italian
Running Time: 159 mins

© Opus Arte 2006

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