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Performer: Gianni Quaranta

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New York CityGiselle

Adam: Giselle
Jean Coralli; Jules Perrot; American Ballet Theatre; Gianni Quaranta; Anna Anni; Jennifer Tipton
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ABT’s Giselle shows that to forgive is divine

Hee Seo in Giselle © Gene Schiavone

A classic staging at the Kennedy Center turned resplendent in the second act.

****1
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Amneris is the star of the Met's Aida revival

Dolora Zajick (Amneris) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera (2009)
This revival of the Met's 30-year-old production of Aida had a disappointing debut in the title role but Dolora Zajick's reign as Amneris is still a force of nature.
***11
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Netrebko triumphs as Aida at The Met

Anna Netrebko (Aida) and Anita Rachvelishvili (Amneris) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
Netrebko met the audience’s high expectations, as she does every time, conquering the challenges with her remarkable artistry. 
*****
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Stoyanova triumphs in The Met's Aida

Krassimira Stoyanova (Aida) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
The Metropolitan Opera’s now 29-year old production of Aida is still standing and still looking good. Gianni Quaranta’s gigantic sets – floor-to-sky-statuary, regal-looking staircases, a couple of horses, wise/exciting use of the stage elevator to change scenes (causing, unfortunately, a glitch the other night which delayed the final scene for a few minutes), costumes (by Dada Saligeri) mostly of
****1
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An occasion to celebrate an enduring masterpiece

Ekaterina Gubanova (Amneris) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
The return of the Met's Aida was a joyous celebration of the art form with excellent singers and orchestra doing what they do best against the backdrop of a traditional but effective staging.
***11
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