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Galvanizing Tanglewood performance of 'Aida' by Nelsons & BSO / The Boston Globe

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Music director Andris Nelsons guest vocalists and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus in the first two acts of Verdi's "Aida" Saturday night at Tanglewood. Ask someone who attended the Tanglewood performances of Berlioz's "Les Troyens" or music from Wagner's "Die Walküre" - to name two memorable occasions in the not-too-distant past - and they will tell you that few events quicken the collective pulse of this bucolic festival more than opera performed in concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Saturday night once more underscored this fact, as Andris Nelsons led the orchestra, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, and a strong cast of soloists in a galvanizing performance of the first two acts of Verdi's "Aida." Then Nelsons was back on Sunday to lead a second program consisting mostly of works inspired by Shakespeare.

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