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Carignani, 'Aida era ends' at the Met Opera

2022-11-30T12:45:55.791Z

After more than 30 years, the curtain falls on one of the Metropolitan Opera's historic productions, the monumental 'Aida' by Sonja Frisell, staged for the first time in 1988. (ANSA)



(ANSA) - NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 30 - After more than 30 years, the curtain falls on one of the Metropolitan Opera's historic productions, the monumental 'Aida' by Sonja Frisell, staged for the first time in 1988. Since then, with the set created by the Italian set designer, costume designer and designer Gianni Quaranta there have been over 240 performances.

Since its first appearance at the New York theater in 1886, Giuseppe Verdi's opera remains one of the most beloved in his repertoire.

The new production that will succeed Frisell's Zeffirelli-style one will bear the signature of American director Michael Mayer with sets by Christine Jones.


   On the podium, to inaugurate the series of the last 15 performances of the historic production from 2 December, there will be the Italian maestro Paolo Carignani, absent from the Met Opera since 2016. "An era is ending - he said in an interview with ANSA - and chance also wanted that I closed in 2018 in Tokyo a production practically identical to that of Frisell, however signed by Franco Zeffirelli".


   Carignani, born in Milan in 1961, whose debut in New York dates back to 2008 with Traviata, also argues that repertoire theaters should be like museums, that is, offer a variety of works from different eras.

"It would be nice for certain productions to always remain as long as the public or at least a part of it remains interested".


   In the cast of Aida there will be, among others, soprano Latonia Moore in the lead role, Russian mezzo-soprano Olesya Petrova in the role of Amneris, tenor Brian Jagde as Radames, bass Krzysztof Bączyk as the king of Egypt.


   The current Aida was actually supposed to have its swansong in the 2019-20 season, with Mayer's production debuting during the 2020-21 season but the Covid 19 pandemic forced plans to change.


   Audio of the December 2 performance will be streamed live on the Metropolitan Opera's website.

(HANDLE).


Source: ansa

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