The MET splurges on the Nile

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The MET splurges on the Nile

‘Aida’ to wrap 2012 opera season
Liudmyla Monastyrska as the title character and Olga Borodina as Amneris rehearse Verdi’s “Aida” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
On a personal note

A slight digression: I’m particularly invested in this opera because once I sang in the chorus for a concert version starring Leontyne Price. The famous American soprano came to the University of Michigan to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and I was determined to audition for the chorus. For more than 30 years, Price made the role of Aida her own. She gave her last performance at age 57. The color barrier had already been broken at the Met by Marion Anderson, as noted in last week’s preview of “Ballo.” But it was still uphill for any African-American singer when Price came into prominence, first in Europe and later in America. Tall and elegant, Price had a majestic presence. She towered over her Radamès, a tenor whose name I have long forgotten.



Judith Reynolds

If you go

The MET: Live in HD will present Verdi’s “Aida” at 10:55 a.m. Saturday in the Vallecito Room of the Fort Lewis College Student Union. Tickets cost $25 for general admission, $23 for seniors, students and MET members, available online at www.durangoconcerts.com, by phone at 247-7657 or at the Welcome Center at Eighth Street and Main Avenue, and at the door.

Running time: 3 hours, 54 minutes.

The MET splurges on the Nile

Liudmyla Monastyrska as the title character and Olga Borodina as Amneris rehearse Verdi’s “Aida” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
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