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Mark Mandel
Opera News, May 2017

VERDI, G.: Aida (Teatro Regio Torino, 2015) (NTSC) 736908
VERDI, G.: Aida (Teatro Regio Torino, 2015) (Blu-ray, HD) 737004

Anita Rachvelishvili’s Amneris, by turns sensitive, sensual and searing, dominates this Gianandrea Noseda-conducted Aida from Turin’s Teatro Regio in 2015.

Kristin Lewis has shining moments as a sympathetic, lyrical Aida. …In “O patria mia,” where greater Aidas have come to grief, Lewis sings a sovereign high C and beautifully floats the final A. With Radamès by the Nile, her soft singing is lovely. In the tomb, her high notes are vibratoless and pure.

Marco Berti as Radamès sharps the “vinto!” just before “Celeste Aida,” and he ends the aria with a forte attack and crescendo on the high B-flat, where Verdi asked for pianissimo and morendo. …he sings heroically and well; he’s quite resonant and satisfying at “Sacerdote, io resto a te.” © 2017 Opera News Read complete review

Hans de Groot
The WholeNote, January 2017

…Kristin Lewis as Aida is particularly fine in O patria mia (Act III) and in O terra addio (final scene). The mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili (we recently heard her as Carmen in Toronto) as Amneris and the baritone Mark S. Doss as Amonasro are also very good. A particular mention should be made of the very fine choreography by Marc Riboud. © 2017 The WholeNote Read complete review

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