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Few singers in Met history are more closely associated with the tour-de-force title role of Aida than Leontyne Price—the celebrated American soprano who appeared as Verdi’s Ethiopian princess 42 times with the company between 1961 and 1985. In this radio broadcast, veteran Italian conductor Francesco Molinari-Pradelli leads an all-star ensemble in one of the most memorable performances ever broadcast from the Met stage. Mezzo-soprano Irene Dalis is the fearsome Egyptian princess Amneris, who competes with Aida for the love of the warrior Radamès, sung by tenor Jess Thomas. Beloved American baritone Robert Merrill is Aida’s father, the defeated king Amonasro, with bass John Macurdy as the priest Ramfis and bass Raymond Michalski as the King of Egypt.

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Performance Info

Performance Date

Jan 3, 1970


Giuseppe Verdi


Antonio Ghislanzoni

Run Time

2 HRS 21 MIN

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus