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Aida

Academic journal article Notes

Aida

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Giuseppe Verdi. Aida. DVD. National Theatre Brno / Ernst Marzendorfer. Recorded live at the Opernfestspiele St. Margarethen in July/August 2004. With Janusz Monarcha, Cornelia Helfricht, Eszter Sumegi, Kostadin Andreev, Pier Dalas, Igor Morosow, Martin Fournier, and Sewan Salmasi. [Germany]: EuroArts Music International, 2005. 2054058. $29.99.

There is nothing more wonderful than seeing a theatrical event staged outside, on a warm summer evening, with fantastic scenery, props, costumes, staging, and actors. To see an opera produced in this way, with scenery built atop the hillside above and around the outdoor theatre; with live animals such as horses and elephants; ballet and singing done extraordinarily well; and a superb sound system that allows everyone in the audience to hear and enjoy the entire drama, is a treat that one is rarely able to attend in person.

The open air event each year at the Festival St. Margarethen (more information may be found at http://www.ofs.at) is such an event, and is truly a feast for both the visual and auditory senses. In 2004, the opera chosen for performance was Verdi's Aida. The recording of this event is done quite well. …

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