Aida

Giuseppe Verdi Aida opera to libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. Directed 2012 by Gianfranco De Bosio at the Arena di Verona.  Stars Hui He (Aida), Marco Berti (Ramadès), Andrea Ulbrich (Amneris), Ambrogio Maestri (Amonasro), Francesco Ellero d'Artegna (Ramfis), Roberto Tagliavini (The King), Antonella Trevisan (High Priestess), and Antonello Ceron (A Messenger). Daniel Oren conducts the Orchestra, Chorus, and Corps de Ballet of the Arena di Verona (Chorus Master Armando Tasso).  Sets, costumes, and lighting by technical department of the Arena di Verona; choreography by Susanna Egri; ballet directed by Maria Grazia Garofoli; produced by Francesca Sparaco; video director by Tiziano Mancini. Hybrid 2D/2D Blu-ray plays 2D on all Blu-ray players and 3D with proper kit. Released 2011, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: Help!

Most HDVD productions at the Arena di Verona look bad. Sets and costumes designed for the huge Roman arena are intended to be seen by 20,000 people. But when you get close to the action, the sets and costumes too often look crude and even ridiculous. Lighting is always a special challenge for these outdoor shows at night; they are also trying to shoot this in 3D which aggravates the lighting issue. Maybe De Bosio has figured out a way to solve these tough problems.

Here are two clips including an impressive triumphal march: