We hear an honest…reading with excellent playing and singing from the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino forces.
Overall this is a production that is straightforward and concentrates on the main conflicts. The acting is good and the singing…fully worthy of the occasion. Il Re (Roberto Tagliavini) is excellent…Ambrogio Maestri…is very much a Verdi specialist. He is an imposing Amonasro, visually and vocally, and in the Nile scene practically owns the stage. The greatest surprise is no doubt the Aida of Hui He. Her pianissimos in the Nile aria and later in the tomb scene are truly ravishing. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review
VERDI, G.: Aida (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, 2011) (NTSC) 101598
VERDI, G.: Aida (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, 2011) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 108040
…a high-powered cast led by Chinese soprano Hui He in the title role and Luciana D’Intino as Amneris, and additional interest centered on the opera debut of Turkish-born film director Ferzan Ozpetek. Mehta’s history with Aida goes back at least to 1966…Forty-five years later, his conducting retains the energy, but now with more attention to color and details. © 2012 Opera News Read complete review