Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Conspirators want the monarch dead and suspected adultery plays right into their murderous plans. A love triangle turns deadly in Verdi's opera, written at the peak of his musical and dramatic genius. Delve deep into the psyches of three people who love, yet destroy, each other with a Verdian cast for the ages in this Lyric Opera of Chicago production.

CAST:

Gustavo - Frank Lopardo
Amelia - Sondra Radvanovsky
Renato - Mark Delavan
Ulrica - Stephanie Blythe
Oscar - Kathleen Kim
Tomaso - Sam Handley
Samuele - Craig Irvin
Judge - René Barbera

CONDUCTOR: Asher Fisch
STAGE DIRECTOR: Renata Scotto
LYRIC OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
CHORUS MASTER: Donald Nally

Comments [5]

Concetta Nardone from Elmont, NY

Yes Mr. Eisenberg. I too am relishing in this opera. Doing my things and singing along with some of it. Glad I am home this afternoon. Had a good laugh at some of the tenor's comments during the break. A sense of humor is always good. There is a recording out there with Beniamino Gigli as the King. And I really think I heard the great Jussi Bjoerling years ago during a Met broadcast.

Jun. 18 2011 02:36 PM
larry eisenberg from nyc

Un Ballo is a Verdi treasure,
A wonderful cast for full measure,
I'm drinking it in,
So good, feels like Sin,
And relishing it at my leisure.

Jun. 18 2011 01:28 PM
edwin from Carmel, IN

In Chicago I heard her sing the female lead in Ernani. No other soprano - with the possible exception of Rosa Ponselle - has ever sung "Ernani involami" better than Ms. Rodvanovsky. We must treasure her.

Jun. 18 2011 11:47 AM
concetta nardone from Elmont, NY

I love the scene when the conspirators discover Gustavo and Amelia. And then discover that Amelia is the wife of Renato. Ha, ha, ha. They go off singing. The tragedy has mutated into a comedy and what comment in the city. Some very nice music in this opera. I hope the singers do a good job.

Jun. 18 2011 11:12 AM
Ricardo Morais from New York

I have had the pleasure of hearing Sondra's bewitching voice at the Met Opera at Lincoln Center, last April, in a production of Il Trovatore with Marcelo Alvarez. What a wonderful performance it was. Thank you for making magic everyday, and for keeping Opera alive so that young people like me can experience it. I am excited for Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera.
Thank You So Very Much.

Jun. 17 2011 01:12 PM

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