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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Verdi: Aida' [2 CD]
Artist - Andrea Bocelli & Kristin Lewis

Following Andrea Bocelli's recent smash-hit release Cinema, the award-winning, top-selling, international tenor returns to his first love, singing opera.

One of the worlds best-loved operas, AIDA has been performed over 1,100 times at New Yorks Metropolitan Opera alone. Through an opera of high dramatic tension, Verdi offers monumental scenes and intimate drama. Taking the lead male role of Radames an Egyptian military commander - Bocelli's powerful tenor tells a compelling story of dedication, intrigue, power, and intense love.

In truth, and as all you Opera buffs will already know, Radames is not an easy role, but Bocelli performs it much better than one might have expected. I think the problem is that the so-called cognoscenti do not really want to popularize opera and are resentful that Bocelli has managed to capture the imagination and love of a much wider audience than many of the big-voiced and technically perfect tenors they promote.

Indeed, if you keep an open mind and judge Bocelli on his own merit, this recording is well worth listening to! Bocelli is in excellent voice, superbly directed by Zubin Mehta and supported by a first class cast. And, if you do not rate Bocelli as an opera singer, why would you even bother to listen to his recordings or comment on them. Fair enough.

Disc: 1
1. Prelude
2. Sì: corre voce che l Etiope ardisca
3. Se quel guerrier io fossi!
4. Quale insolita gioia
5. Alta cagion v aduna
6. Ritorna vincitor!
7. Possente, possente Fthà
8. Mortal, diletto ai Numi
9. Chi mai fra gl inni e i plausi
10. Fu la sorte dell armi a tuoi funesta
11. Su! del Nilo al sacro lido
12. Gloria all Egitto, ad Iside
13. Marcia
14. Vieni, o guerriero vindice
15. Salvator della patria, io ti saluto
16. Che veggo!...Egli?...Mio padre!

Disc: 2
1. Quest assisa ch io vesto vi dica
2. Ma tu, Re, tu signore possente
3. O Re: pei sacri Numi
4. Gloria all Egitto, ad Iside

In this eagerly-awaited complete opera recording from superstar Andrea Bocelli, the tenor assembles a fine cast to explore Verdi's most spectacular work: the award-winning American soprano Kristin Lewis takes the role of Aida, the brilliant Italian mezzo Veronica Simeoni as Amneri. Giorgio Giuseppini takes the role of Il Re (the Egyptian King), the powerful Ambrogio Maestri (Ital's answer to Bryn Terfel) as Amonasro and Carlo Colombara, renowned Verdi bass, as Ramfis.

Zubin Mehta conducts a spectacular performance from the orchestra and choir of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; one of high dramatic tension, theatricality, and deeply resonant passion. All in all, personally, I am a HUGE Bocelli admirer and, truthfully, I wouldn't have thought that Bocelli (a man who has recorded thirteen solo studio albums and sold over 70 million copies worldwide; making him the biggest-selling solo artist in the history of classical music) would have availed himself as well as he has here as Radames. But he did. He does. So, well played, Sir. Well played.

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