In 1959 Tebaldi sung Aida in Paris. For many years we knew that the third act was televised, but the recording was not available, apart from the aria 'O patria mia' which some collectors had on video, in poor quality. Now the French Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA) has remastered the telecast and made it available commercially. It can be bought and downloaded from their web site (www.ina.fr) for only 4 euros (about 5 USD).
It has also appeared on YouTube, see the links below. For a full-screen version that can be watched on your computer anytime, or burned on a DVD and watched on a regular DVD player (your player needs to be DivX enabled though!), pay the nominal fee and get it from the INA site. If your French is poor, e-mail me and I'll do my best to walk you through the process.
Below are the YouTube links. Again, I think it's important that we support the organisations who make these performances available, so I urge you to consider paying the 4 euros for a legal copy.1) Telecast presentation in French:
2) Beginning Act III - from the start until Aida's entrance:
3) " Qui Radamès verrà... O patria mia":
4) Duet Aida/Amonasro - "Ciel! Mio padre!":
5) Duet Aida/Radamès - "Pur ti riveggo":
6) End of Act III - from Aida's line "Ma dimmi?" to the very end, including curtain calls:
Many thanks to Felipe Cunha who brought this recording to my attention!