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Mark Mandel
Opera News, January 2015

Twentysomethings Adina Aaron (Aida), Kate Aldrich (Amneris) and Scott Piper (Radamès) embody their roles superbly…Aaron and Aldrich are beautiful women and persuasive actresses.

Massimiliano Stefanelli maintains intimacy with his sensitive, lyrical conducting of the Orchestra e Coro della Fondazione Arturo Toscanini of Parma. Zeffirelli’s sets look impressively Egyptian and, given the small stage, monumental.

…the most believable and best Aida on video. © 2014 Opera News Read complete review



Robert J Farr
MusicWeb International, January 2014

In the title role…Adina Aaron gives an outstanding committed performance; one that is remarkable among those I have encountered on record or in the theatre over many years. She acts with body, arms and eyes and is a totally believable Aida…Kate Aldrich as Amneris matches her vocally and in her acting. In the act two duet the two together offer real moments of involvement and quality singing to savour…

Of the men singers, Enrico Giuseppe Iori as Ramphis is suitably sonorous, his voice having the requisite gravitas. The Amonasro of Giuseppe Garra is strong-toned and well acted and I am surprised not to have come across him since.

Massimiliano Stefanelli conducts his small orchestra with a feel for Verdian line.

Both the sound and picture quality are good with the video director finding a satisfactory balance between mid and close shots in this tiny theatre. You will surely enjoy the intimacy along with the committed acting and the quality of the singing of the young cast alongside Zeffirelli’s staging and direction. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review






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