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Turkish film director Ferzan Ozpetek makes his operatic debut with this 2011 production from Florence. It is, sad to report, a great disappointment, despite the effective sets and atmospheric lighting. Ozpetek brings little insight to the action, seeming to think that just getting the huge chorus on and off is achievement enough. For the triumphal march, the chorus shuffles on, lines up and sings. There are bits of business – the hacking up of an animal to propitiate the gods is bloodily effective – but, those moments apart, it is all a bit am-dram in spite of the full-throated singing on offer. Hui He is a moving Aida, Luciana D’Intino an imperious Amneris, and although he takes a little time to warm up, Marco Berti gives everything as Radamès. Zubin Mehta conducts intensely.

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