Aida Sondra Radvanovsky/ Hui He
Amneris Jill Grove/ Anna Smirnova
Radames Marcello Giordani/ Marco Berti
Amonasro Gordon Hawkins/ Quinn Kelsey
Ramfis Raymond Aceto/ Stefan Kocan
Conductor Renato Palumbo
Stage director Nicholas Joel
Chicago Lyric Opera 21, 25, 28, 31- 1; 3, 8-2; 6, 10, 15, 19, 22, 25-5
Italian conductor Renato Palumbo is of the younger generations that have benefitted from Riccardo Muti’s sweeping away of performance exaggerations and accretions to Verdi’s exquisitely created scores. He and the excellent Lyric Orchestra played the score eloquently and with much inner drama.
Andrew Patner, Chicago SunTimes. DOWNLOAD AidaChicagoSunTimes
Much of the success of Saturday’s performance was due to the idiomatic musical direction of Renato Palumbo. When tension sagged on stage — particularly in the first two acts — the Italian conductor managed to lift the performance with the necessary hair-trigger adrenaline, drawing refined and powerful playing from the Lyric Opera Orchestra as needed.
Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review. DOWNLOAD Aida Chicago Classical Review
It helped to have Italian conductor Renato Palumbo, who displayed his Verdian credentials at the helm of “Macbeth” last year and “Ernani” the season before that, back in the pit, shaping instrumental lines and keeping things moving with keen dramatic thrust and musical sensitivity. Once again he had the orchestra speaking robust, authentic Verdi. The score was presented without musical cuts.
John von Rhein, Chicago tribune. DOWNLOAD Aida ChicagoTribune