[Met Performance] CID:259820
Aida {886} Metropolitan Opera House: 12/11/1979.

(Review)


Metropolitan Opera House
December 11, 1979


AIDA {886}
Giuseppe Verdi--Antonio Ghislanzoni

Aida....................Rita Orlandi-Malaspina
Radamès.................Giorgio Lamberti
Amneris.................Bianca Berini
Amonasro................Ingvar Wixell
Ramfis..................Luigi Roni
King....................Julien Robbins
Messenger...............Charles Anthony
Priestess...............Ariel Bybee
Dance...................Diana Levy
Dance...................Naomi Marritt
Dance...................Ellen Rievman
Dance...................Ricardo Costa
Dance...................Jack Hertzog
Dance...................Dave Roeger

Conductor...............James Conlon

Review of Robert Jacobson in the March 8, 1980 issue of Opera News


Also in the Italian wing, "Aida" held the stage for many a night in the late fall. Heard December 11, it was led by James Conlon in an open, honest performance that had vitality and musicality if tending to extremes of fast and slow. In the title role, Rita Orlandi-Malaspina looked and sounded like a real throwback to the 1930s with her sizable soprano and physique. Her voice has metal and true volume, but crudities of technique give her pitch problems and difficulty in scaling down her sound or in achieving evenness in doing so. Still, the stentorian top and brilliant sound often gave pleasure. Bianca Berini's lifeless Amneris had no low tones and offered swallowed tone through the range, relying only on an overdeveloped top - this last seems endemic as far as current mezzos in the Italian repertory are concerned. Giorgio Lamberti now has only a shell of a tenor left, with diminished ring and heft, and Ingvar Wixell paraded his healthy Amonasro. Luigi Roni's Ramfis sounded big and wobbly, Julien Robbin's King, small.



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