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Tomowa-Sintow and Pavarotti in ‘Aida’

March 22, 1986

NEW YORK (AP) _ Grand grand opera was presented Friday night, and a feeling of ″occasion″ filled the house as Anna Tomowa-Sintow and Luciano Pavarotti sang the leads in ″Aida″ for the first time at the Metropolitan Opera.

Miss Tomowa-Sintow, a Bulgarian, was ideal in the title role, her rich, full, warm voice brilliant rather than mellow, and reminiscent of sun glinting off crystal.

Hearing Pavarotti’s beautiful tones delivering this Verdi music as Radames was gratifying, thrilling and moving, despite any faults.

He was perhaps too aggressive in his approach to ″Celeste Aida″ in Act 1 and on several other occasions. But each line in ″Celeste Aida″ ended as sweetly as it began, a rarity in this opera.

Act 4 was gloriously sung, by both Miss Tomowa-Sintow and Pavarotti.

Fiorenza Cossotto, an Italian like Pavarotti, also starred, and while she made some uncertain attacks on phrases in Act 2, she was steady and ready for her big scene in Act 4. She sang it beautifully, making a strong effect, though she overdid the very last moments before she threw herself to the ground.

James Levine conducted with sensitivity for the music and for the singers.

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