Verdi: Aida - Nilsson, Ghiaurov, MacNeil, Simionato, Ferraro; Sanzongo. Milano 1960

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In this heart-pounding, taut performance of Aida, Birgit Nilsson steps slightly out of her comfort zone to deliver a surprisingly idiomatic portrayal of the Ethiopian princess. Heard at her considerable best in a gripping rendition of ”Ritorna vincitor”, she also gives real dramatic fire to the confrontation duet alongside the imperious, impeccably sung Amneris of Giulietta Simionato. Cornell MacNeil is a powerful, sinister Amonasro, and Nicolai Ghiaurov is an unusually impactful Ramfis. Pier Miranda Ferraro's Radamès is slightly less appealing, though the voice is certainly impressive, and there's a strong turn from Agostino Ferrin as the King. Nino Sanzogno conducts.

OD 11163-2

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