Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera

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Saturday, December 08, 2012

The new season of the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts begins at 1 pm with the new David Alden production of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera ("The Masked Ball").

The opera is based a true historical event, the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden. The deadly encounter stems from a love triangle between the king (Marcelo Álvarez), Amelia (wife of Count Anckarström and played by Sondra Radvanovsky) and Anckarström (his most trusted adviser and Amelia’s husband, played by Dmitri Hvorostovsky). Stephanie Blythe is the fortuneteller Madame Arvidsson. Met principal conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.


Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Amelia: Sondra Radvanovsky
Oscar: Kathleen Kim
Madame Arvidsson: Stephanie Blythe
Gustavo III: Marcelo Álvarez
Anckarström: Dmitri Hvorostovsky

Comments [6]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Maestro Fabio Luisi controlled the totality of the aural scenario with a fervid attention to balance and detail and an energetic, impassioned sense of the dramaturgy throughout the opera.

Dec. 09 2012 08:53 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

The role of Gustavo lll [Riccardo] was one of my first professional roles. It proved in today's broadcast to be a fine vehicle for Marcelo Alvarez. All the principals, orchestra and chorus were in splendid form, particularly Sondra Rodvanovsky as Amelia, Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Renato, and Stephanie Blythe as Ullrica and, though it was a small role, sung , however, by star coloratura sopranos as Hempel and Tetrazzini, Kathleen Kim as Oscar was admirable. I am a romantischer heldentenor. I have sung four solo concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, have sung the title role or leading tenor role in six operas by composers Prokofieff, George Antheil and their likes and am the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute in Boonton, NJ. On my three websites,, ,, and www.Wagner one can download my singing in Siegfried, Gotterdammerung, Tristan, Parsifal, Die Walkure, Lohengrin, Otello, Rienzi, La Juive, Die Meistersinger and Fidelio. KUDOS to today's broadcast performers !!!

Dec. 08 2012 05:16 PM
Larry Eisenberg from NYC

Ballo is a Verdi treasure,
Which I am enjoying at leisure
Most anxious to listen,
The viewing dismissin',
With leads in fine voice for good measure!

Dec. 08 2012 02:20 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

The scene when Ancharstrom recognizes his wife and the conspirators remark that the tragedy has turned into a comedy is great theatre. Oh what comments in the city.HaHaHaHa.This opera is worth listening to while doing chores.Hope the singers do it justice.

Dec. 08 2012 01:23 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

Dear CBC: Yes ready to rumble. This opera has some really nice moments in it.Alagna might be able to do a good job. His voice might have darkened enough to sing Rhadames. Nice looking fellow. You have to beware of blue eyed Sicilians. Hope you are well.

Dec. 08 2012 09:43 AM

CBC I hope this new season finds you in good health & ready to rumble. Ballo doesn't do it for me but Aida is another story. I wonder if Alagna can handle it?

Dec. 08 2012 08:18 AM

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