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quarta-feira, outubro 03, 2007

Lyricism Versus Magnificence: Guess Which Wins

Vying with hordes and giant statuary: Angela M. Brown
in the title role with Andrzej Dobber as Amonasro in the Met’s “Aida.”

The Metropolitan Opera House may be too large for a lot of operas, but for “Aida” it seems just about right. “Big” in every aspect is the operative adjective for Verdi’s update of ancient Egypt, which returned to the house for Saturday’s matinee.

The tenor role of Radames is an athletic event. The roles of Aida herself (soprano) and Amneris (mezzo-soprano) are in the thick of the competition. All three singers engage in a three-and-a-half-hour conquest of space, their human-size characters working for recognition next to the gigantic statuary, columns and facades of Gianni Quaranta’s set design. No one does the Triumphal March of Act II like the Met: brilliantly lighted, with onstage trumpets, horses, near-endless formations of troops, war booty, wagon loads of corpses, prisoners and much, much more.
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