Great Performances at The Met "Aida"

Great Performances at The Met "Aida"

Sun, 01/31/2010 - 12:00pm
Violeta Urmana (pictured) stars in the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess

Credit: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Violeta Urmana stars in the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess in Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida.

Aida makes its debut on Great Performances at the Met with soprano Violeta Urmana singing the title role for the first time with the company and mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick as Amneris, one of her most acclaimed signature roles. Heldentenor Johan Botha sings Radamès, a role for which he was acclaimed in the 2006 revival of the opera, joined by baritone Carlo Guelfi as Amonasro, bass Roberto Scandiuzzi as Ramfis, and bass Stefan Kocán, who makes his debut as the King. Italian maestro Daniele Gatti conducts Aida for the first time at the Met. It marks the return of the Italian maestro, who last appeared with the
company in the 1994-95 season, when he made his debut with Madama Butterfly. Alexei Ratmansky, artist-in-residence with American Ballet Theatre and former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, makes his Met debut creating new choreography for the Aida ballets, offering the finishing touch of “firsts” for the production.

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET "Aida" airs on Sunday, January 31 at 12pm on WXXI-TV (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

Please note that this special will preempt Life (Part 2), Second Opinion, New York Wine & Table and Sewing with Nancy.



Aida broadcast

I was not impressed, especially with the acting - high school level and that's being generous. Where was the stage director during rehearsals?