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A Verdi exciting morning

Published on October 10, 2018 10:50AM

In late September, soprano Anna Netrebko sang the lead role of “Aida” for the first time at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. And thanks to The Met: Live in HD, audiences in Newport can watch her scintillating performance on the big screen this Saturday, Oct. 13.

This grandest of grand operas features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story. Set in ancient Egypt and packed with magnificent choruses, complex ensembles and elaborate ballets, “Aida” never loses sight of its three protagonists. Netrebko, playing the titular Ethiopian princess, goes toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris, daughter of the King of Egypt, while tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko portrays Radamès, captain of the guard.

Written by Giuseppe Verdi in 1871, “Aida” is renowned for its exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty. Perhaps no other opera has remained to the present day so unanimously appreciated by audiences and critics alike.

The score of “Aida” is a sophisticated example of Italian Romanticism, imbued with a convincingly mysterious and exotic hue. Making no claims to authenticity, Verdi created a unique musical palette for this opera. The grandeur of the subject is aptly conveyed with huge patriotic choruses, most notably the unforgettable Triumphal Scene in Act II.

Nicola Luisotti takes the podium for the Met’s monumental production.

Saturday’s screening, hosted by Dorothy Black Crow, will run from 10 am to 1:40 pm with two intermissions at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W Olive Street.

Tickets, $21 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students, are available by calling 541-265-2787, or online at www.coastarts.org.

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