Lyric Opera of Chicago: Aida

Jun 30, 2012

Airs Saturday, June 30 at 12:00 noon.  Here it is—the granddaddy of grand-opera spectacle—complete with pyramids and potentates, priestesses and dancing girls, plus armies of soldiers and slaves! At its heart, a treacherous love triangle and a relationship that was never meant to be. Aida, the enslaved Ethiopian princess, and Radames, leader of the Egyptian army that conquered her homeland, long to be together forever. But someone else wants Radames, too—it’s Amneris, the jealous daughter of the Pharaoh himself! Impassioned arias, surging choruses, and exhilarating orchestral music show us Verdi at the peak of his powers–masterfully balancing pomp and pageantry with a deeply moving personal tragedy.

Aida features Sondra Radvanovsky as Aida. One gleaming high note after soprano today has the vocal endowments so well suited to the Verdi repertoire. The great Sicilian tenor Marcello Giordani sing Radames, wowing fans as “he sings with ardor and big, throbbing top notes.  With Jill Groves as Amneris, Gordon Hawkins as Amonasro, and Raymond Aceto as Ramfis. Matthew Lata Directs and Renato Palumbo conducts.