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The glitzy, solid looking production, originally designed by Bernard Uzan and Claude Girard for L'Opéra de Montréal, fit the Orange County stage well and provided the rich background this opera requires. Michèle Assaf's direction told the story in an understandable manner and she provided energetic choreography that made the Triumphal Scene come to life.

Angela Brown in the title role of Verdi's 'Aïda'
Angela Brown in the title role of Verdi's 'Aïda'

Angela M Brown fulfills every aspect of the title role. Her voice is of sufficient size to be heard over the large orchestral forces and she has the delicate pianissimi needed for the difficult Nile Scene. Although she is still a very young artist, she already has the insight to construct a recognizably human character and the musicality to put it across to the audience.

Milena Kitic as Amneris and Angela Brown as Aïda in Act 3 of Verdi's 'Aïda'
Milena Kitic as Amneris and Angela Brown as Aïda in Act 3 of Verdi's 'Aïda'

As Radames, Carl Tanner started off a bit slowly, but soon came into his own, creating a commanding Egyptian military leader who sang with brightly burnished tones. Milena Kitic was a strong willed Amneris who explored all the facets of her role and conveyed the bite of the drama. Her voice is robust and she seemed to surmount the difficulties of the Judgment Scene with ease.

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Copyright © 14 May 2006 Maria Nockin, Arizona USA

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