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|Verdi - Aida / Downes Studer O'Neill Royal Opera Covent Garden|
Actors: Cheryl Studer, Luciana D'Intino, Yvonne Barclay, Dennis O'Neill, Robin Leggate
Director: Brian Large
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
No, this is not the Broadway hit, but the original Verdi masterpiece, staged and performed to a fare-thee-well by an extraordinary cast in this 1994 Royal Opera production. Cheryl Studer shows why she was one of America'... more »
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Impressive production and singing
Robert Petersen | Durban, South Africa | 10/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I never thought that Cheryl Studer could pull off Aida. But she does. She sings with her usual committment vocally and the audience love her. The staging is impressive and the chorus and orchestra under Edward Downes add to the production. The remainder of the cast perform excellently."
Strauss Lover | 09/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am new to this Aida and its magic spell is now upon me. Of course any Aida will rise and fall on the title role and this is a superior Aida on all counts not least vocally and interpretatively. Some will argue that Leontyne Price is the Aida of our times. I disagree since Price, to these ears, is a singer of the stand and deliver variety. What Cheryl Studer accomplishes in the title role is an unexpected pleasure. Listen to her "O patria mia" to understand what I mean. I could go on and on. For example, d'Intino is also a superb Amneris. Less so is O'Neill as Radames but you can't have it all. Bravi!"
A Fine Example of Eurotrash
The Muvian | Escondido, CA USA | 02/24/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This performance is horrible. Want to see king of Egypt dressed like a Neonazi with a flat top? Radames in some kind of military uniform? Aida looking like a laundry woman? You got it. I guess there is some kind of "concept" here that just eludes me. It is NOT what I would expect from Convent Garden Opera House. The sets are laughable and very cheap looking. The Triumphal march is a joke: I don't think I've seen a more boring dancing. What makes this really heart-aching is the presence of some good singers. I've seen Cheryl Studer and Robert Lloyd in other performances. For example, Lloyd in Verdi - Don Carlo / Lima, Cotrubas, Zancanaro, Baglioni, Lloyd, Haitink, Covent Garden Opera was terrific but he sure does not impress here.
If you want to watch a good performance of this opera, I'd recommend Met Verdi - Aida / Levine, Domingo, Millo, Metropolitan Opera with Placido Domingo and Aprile Millo. It's a solid classical interpretation with amazing sets and the grandiose Act 2, which is, by the way, hard to pull off.
So don't waste you money unless you like Eurotrash style or want to see how not to do operas..."