Few—if any—works in the operatic cannon rival the grandeur of Verdi’s Aida, which matches the spectacular scale of its story with one of the repertory’s most exhilarating and passionate scores. During the 2022–23 season, the Met bid farewell to its legendary, 34-year-old production of the opera by director Sonja Frisell, with soprano Leah Crocetto starring as the Ethiopian heroine torn between love of country and an illicit longing for the Egyptian solider Radamès, sung by tenor Jorge de León. Alongside the lead couple, this radio broadcast also features mezzo-soprano Olesya Petrova as Amneris, the princess vying for Radamès’s affection, and baritone George Gagnidze as Aida’s warrior father, Amonasro. Bass-baritone Christian Van Horn rounds out the principal cast as the high priest Ramfis, and Maestro Paolo Carignani conducts the mighty forces of the Met Orchestra and Chorus.
May 13, 2023
2 HRS 28 MIN
The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus