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17 Oct 2005

In the Land of Verdi, Where Egyptians Are Italian

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/10/17/arts/music/17aida.html

salvatore_licitra_small.jpgBy Bernard Holland [NY Times, 17 October 2005]

Leave social relevance at home. File away those updates. Please, no metaphors for the human condition in 2005.

Verdi's "Aida" returned to the Metropolitan Opera on Friday night: big, loud and happy to flex its muscles - in other words, very much itself. Sonja Frisell and Gianni Quaranta designed and executed this grand grand-opera production 18 years ago, and this year's revival breathes nicely with Zoe Pappas's judicious stage direction and James Conlon's vivid conducting.

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