Great Performances at the Met | Aida
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Great Performances at the Met | Aida

Watch Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 2pm on WMHT TV

One of the most popular and beloved operas of all time, Aida, in a spectacular staging that captures the grandeur of Ancient Egypt, comes to Great Performances at the Met Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 2pm on WMHT TV.

More than 200 artists fill the Met stage for this performance of Verdi's tragedy, which sets a heartbreaking love triangle against the backdrop of an empire at war.

Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska made a spectacular Met debut as Aida, the enslaved Ethiopian princess, opposite two major Met stars: tenor Roberto Alagna as the war hero Radamès and Olga Borodina as the pharaoh's daughter Amneris, Aida's formidable rival. George Gagnidze sings Amonasro, Aida's cunning father, and Štefan Kocán is the imposing Egyptian priest Ramfis. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi conducts his first company performances of the opera.

"If you've ever wondered why they call it 'grand' opera, the magnificent Met Opera production of Verdi's Aida…can show you what the fuss is all about," declared Wilborn Hampton in the Huffington Post.

"Ms. Monastyrska is gifted with a luscious round soprano that maintains its glow even in the softest notes,” observed Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim in The New York Times. “Her ‘O patria mia’ was beautifully drawn and colored with darker inflections that added dramatic intensity…the combined fervor of Olga Borodina as Amneris and Fabio Luisi at the helm of a fired-up orchestra made for an electrically charged and energetic performance."

Star soprano Renée Fleming hosts the broadcast and conducts backstage interviews with the cast.