Download of the Week
by Melissa Wimbish
Do you remember the first time you saw Aida?
I put it off for so long because there isn’t anything for me to sing in it. When I finally came around, I felt like a dumbass for waiting so long… because I can totally sing Radamès. I have been doing lots of bicep curls in addition to mean faces.
This high-definition broadcast of the Met’s sumptuous Sonja Frisell-Gianni Quaranta production brings Verdi’s beloved opera to breathtaking life. The spectacular sets and costumes, the thrilling triumphal scene, and the newly created choreography by Alexei Ratmansky all frame Verdi’s poignant story of impossible love in an incandescent way. Violeta Urmana is the slave girl of the title who loves the warrior Radamès (Johan Botha). Dolora Zajick sings Amneris, the Pharaoh’s daughter and Aida’s rival for Radamès’s affection. The love triangle ends in treason, imprisonment, and death. (iTunes)
Download the Met Opera’s Live in HD performance of Verdi’s Egyptian jam: Aida