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Opera of the week: Aida December 8, 2006

Posted by Jeff in 1946 through 1960, Giuseppe Verdi, Italian, Movies, Opera, Theater.
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Carlo Bergonzi as RadamesFrom April 12, 1973, a Covent Garden performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, conducted by Charles Mackerras.

The cast includes Gilda Cruz-Romo (Aida), Carlo Bergonzi (Radames, at left), Mignon Dunn (Amneris), Gian Piero Mastromei (Amonasro), and Kiri te Kanawa (Sacerdotessa).

Once again, courtesy of Parterre Box and the divine La Cieca. Act I is preceded by a synopsis courtesy of the always erudite Leontyne Price.

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And a trivia question (no fair peeking at IMDb!):

Above is the Judgement scene from a 1952 Italian film version of Aida, in which actors lip-synched to opera singers. The title role was sung by Renata Tebaldi and acted by Sophia Loren.

Ebe Stignani sings Amneris. Who is acting the role, and what very different movie role is she best known for? (Hint: she played the same role in fourteen different movies.)

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