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This exciting open-air staging of Aida was one of the classical highlights in summer 2004.
The vast production of the Verdi masterpiece at St. Margarethen took place amidst the intoxicating scenery of a rustically romantic Roman quarry, which provided a unique backdrop for this live recording. The Opera Festival St. Margarethen in Austria counts as one of Europe’s most important open-air festivals and nearly 150,000 opera lovers from all over the world visit it annually.
The story of the forbidden love between the Egyptian leader Radames and the beautiful Ethiopian princess Aida was originally commissioned for the opening of the Cairo opera house, which formed part of the celebrations surrounding the opening of the Suez Canal in 1871. This is an opera of epic proportions and the staging presented on this high-quality DVD truly conforms to this spirit: horses, elephants, pyrotechnical special effects and more than 400 participants take to the stage. The magnificent event, with its towering musical performances is captured by the famous music video duo of directors Dolezal/Rossacher.
Giuseppe Verdi: Aida