Verdi's Aida

Sam Wanamaker (stage director), Garcia Navarro (conductor) – With Margaret Price (Aida), Luciano Pavarotti (Radamès), Simon Estes (Amonsaro)...

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Sam Wanamaker — Stage director

Douglas Schmidt — Set designer

Lawrence Casey — Costume designer

Thomas Munn — Lighting designer

Roger Gans — Sound Designer

Margo Sappington — Choreographer

Margaret Price — Aida

Luciano Pavarotti — Radamès

Simon Estes — Amonsaro

Stefania Toczyska — Amneris

Kevin Langan — The King of Egypt

Kurt Rydl — Ramfis

Colenton Freeman — Messenger

Christian Holder — Solo Dancer

San Francisco Opera Chorus

Richard Bradshaw — Chorus director

Program notes

An Aida with all the traditional trimmings, starring two of the greatest opera stars of the 20th century, Sam Wanamaker's 1981 production with Luciano Pavarotti as Radames and Margaret Price as Aida at the San Francisco Opera was one for the ages. Watch the captivating performance in this archival film.

Pavarotti in fine voice as a properly heroic Radames, Margaret Price floating melting pianissimos out into the audience, Stefania Toczyska's high-voltage singing... Sam Wanamaker's Aida is a delight for the eyes and the ears! Hollywood-like production values invested in the costumes and scenery bring ancient Egypt to life in grand style, and the Spanish conductor Garcia Navarro masterfully leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in Verdi's classic score.

Photo: © Ron Scherl

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