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Aida


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  • Actors: Paata Burchuladze, Ghena Dimitrova, Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Chiara, Nicolai Ghiaurov
  • Directors: Derek Bailey
  • Writers: Antonio Ghislanzoni, August Mariette Bey, Camille du Locle
  • Producers: Robin Scott
  • Format: Classical, NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Distribution Select
  • VHS Release Date: Nov. 28 1997
  • Run Time: 160 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304469519
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,675 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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By A Customer on Sept. 21 2001
Format: VHS Tape
First things first: Pavarotti, Chiara, Dhimitrova, and Pons were all in good voice, but none of them can compare with performances like the early Callas, del Monaco, Dominguez, Taddei set, or the Bjorling, Milanov, Barbieri, Warren set, or the Corelli, Nilsson, Bumbry, Sereni set, or anything!... Though Pavarotti's Radames was beautiful, his acting made him seem like a statue in the background. Chiara's Aida was pretty but her acting was atrocious and the way she grinned and bowed after, "O patria mia" made me want to throw up. Dhimitrova was a rich-voiced Amneris, but her acting was similarly poor. Meanwhile, the sets were miserable. Ugh! Disgusting! The final scene wasn't even divided in half, and the triumphal march seemed like an earthquake with people running insanely back and forth between shifting statues. The costumes were horrendous- why would you give a slave like Aida a million necklaces and bracelets like she has? Why would everyone be wearing immensely hot clothing in Ancient Egypt? Why would La Scala let there be nudity in the Nubian Slave Dance? Why? And then there was the "ballet" in the second act. I couldn't distinguish the dancers from the running mob of citizens! And the dance with the priests and priestesses in the first act? It's all arm-waving and walking around. I'd buy the Domingo, Millo, Zajick, Milnes, Levine video if you want a good Aida video. If you know a lot about opera and have heard other Aida sets, you might want to buy this to laugh at.
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If you want a good Aida video, get The Met version with Domingo and Millo, Zajick, Milnes and a fantastic production from begininng to end. This La Scala version is almost funny it's so bad. The singers just stand like statues staring at the conductor - not even an attempt to act the roles or relate to each other. The sets are comical and the costumes off someone's old rack. Unless you are a real fan of the cast members (Pav is in good voice doing his concert schitchk, arms outstreched, eyes closed & the usual "don't you just love me grin" on his face; Dimitrova stiffly swoops and screams her way through, eyes glued to the conductor; Chiara has poses and so-so voice with -0- emotion). Too bad The Met isn't available on DVD. I have tape and LD. Even on tape, it's better than this version. Boring is the word for this performance. Verdi would not approve!! PASS ON IT!
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By "saskita" on May 18 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This performance of "Aida", despite from other reviews say, has a great production, The scenario is Wonderfull.
Chiara is a great performer of Aida, with that dark powerfull voice of dramatic soprano, her acting isn't great but is better than Pavarotti's or (most of all) Dirmitrova. I never seen a woman moove so little on stage. But the worst of all is the ballet in the triunfal march ¡¡there isn't any ballet!!.
Vocally I find this performance great, but in matters of acting isn't that good.
The Orchestra is perefctly displayed here, Maazel does a great job.
I would rate with 5 stars If I would be thinking in the voices and the orchestra but If I had to rate acting I would put 2 stars. I keep with 3 stars
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By A Customer on June 17 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This video brings some very good voices. Pavarotti is not exactly the best Radames ever, but his performance is no less than good. The problem is the production itself. The scenery has no charm, the triumphal march is NO triumpahl march, and the ballet scenes are just dreadful. All production is very amateur and it is amazing that such an important theater like the La Scalla was not able to bring us anything better than this. I do NOT recommend it to anyone, even if you are a great Aida fan.
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By A Customer on June 8 2002
Format: VHS Tape
It is excellent! The music of this opera is awesome and singers like Pavarotti make it even better. If you like Verdi or Pavarotti that's exactly what you want.
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