Excessive Aida at the Royal Theater
Some of the most famous operas and performed the repertoire, They are not exactly the easiest to upgrade. We are used to seeing almost every major opera houses situated at different times, places and times. All but one, Aida. Almost impossible to place it in a different era referred to, much less change their location and removed from the banks of the Nile, where Verdi placed some of his most brilliant and intimate escenas.Lejos and overwhelmed and sad years of galleys, Aida (1871) It is one of opera Verdi maturity before its two final compositions, Otello y Falstaff. It had been four years since Don Carlos and Verdi had gathered fame and enough wealth to make up for no reason not stimulating enough for him.
Ismael Pasha, viceroy of Egypt, he was about to celebrate in style in 1869 the opening of the Suez Canal. He commissioned the Italian architect Pietro Avoscani the construction of a great opera house in Cairo. And of course, for the opening of this theater Pasha wanted to have the participation of the famous Italian composer. Verdi and again rejected the offer of pasha who thinks try their luck with other composers like Gounod or Wagner. At that time, one of the employees hired for this project, the director of the Paris Opera Comique, Camille Du LucThe, He sent part of the argument Verdi Aida. At that time Verdi accepts the offer to compose this work and chooses as librettist Antonio Ghislanzoni. One of the decisions taken on the libretto was to replace the "t" of Aita, original name in Egyptian, the "d" of Aida, to facilitate the diction of the singers. He 24 December 1871 It opens in Cairo with extraordinary success. Interpreters were Antonietta Pozzoni Anastasi as Aida, Eleonora Grossi, as Amneris, Pietro Mongini, as Radames, Francesco Steller, y como Amonasro Paolo Medini, como Ramfis. The lavish decorations, also they contributed to the success, They were led by Philippe Chaperon, Edward Desplechin, Jean Baptiste Auguste Lavastre and Rubé.
Verdi did not travel to the premiere of Aida in Cairo, not bear boat trips, but he enjoyed tremendous success with (He came out to say hello 32 times) two months later he assumed its premiere in Milan Scale. This time the protagonist was Teresa Stolz, not in vain was at that time the composer lover.
Many Aidas has been since. Any, like the one shown at the Royal Theater these days, repeat. Production that Hugo de Ana created for the premiere of the second season of the Teatro after reopening, It has been revised for this season of celebrations. They want with it, as its director says Joan Mataboch, look at the past to reclaim its history. This update has used the video trying to give a three dimensional appearance to images. For it has been placed as always that sort of veil that proscenium, somehow, Dimming projection voices. The details of the scenery have been kept scrupulously, especially in reproductions of some elements such as columns or pyramids. But the end result is a scenic variegation that is overwhelming at times. There is an excess in everything that requires finesse as the scenery, the decorations, costumes or makeup. All this instead of upgrading aging production.
Poor direction of actors contributes to the confusion seen in scene. Do not know why this effort to fill the stage with hundreds of players simultaneously, without reason or obvious criterion to justify. dancers, choir, slaves and singers tried to move with the resulting noise on a floor full of pitfalls. Also they helped keep the pace of the work breaks scene changes. Even the most intimate moments got an atmosphere of recollection.
The musical direction of Nicola Luisotti was full of theatricality. his deep understanding of the work and the composer's note. It is very worthwhile to keep the balance between orchestra and singers with so many distractions by.
There are three deals that have faced these 17 representations Aida, with occasional replacement, They have generated many combinations. Which touched us luck can not be said to have its night, but they saved the situation with dignity, which is appreciated. Ana Lucrecia García, Spanish-Venezuelan soprano as Aida had to replace the Armenian Lianna Haroutounian, It was not an easy ballot with his Radames, Fabio Sartori. Both they met, difficulties, their respective roles.
Daniela Barcelona's Amneris us knew little. Not long ago that we heard at the Royal Theater. He left flashes of his powerful center and treble vigorous. It was the most inspired dramatic look, especially in the last act full of dramatic intensity.
Amonasro highlight the Angel Ódena that was high and was, with Barcelona, most applauded by a public cold, maybe, I had higher expectations for this Aida so full of excesses.