“Mezzo soprano Olga Borodina, as jealous princess Amneris, was the most exciting performer in the current cast of the Met’s Aida. Borodina, with her lush tone and commanding dramatic presence, was not only my favorite performer during Thursday’s performance…Especially exquisite was Borodina’s performance of the Act IV duet “Già i sacerdoti adunansi” (Already the priests assemble), since her mellow mezzo-soprano blended perfectly with the clarinet obbligato. Borodina was arresting in her Act II scene, “Fu la sorte dell’armi a’ tuoi funesta”(The battle’s fate was fatal for your people), when she confronts Aida, her slave, about her relationship with Radamès, whom she also loves.”

Bachtrack, 01 Nov 2014