Verdi's 'Un Ballo in Maschera' from the Royal Opera House
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Join us Saturday at 1 pm for Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera from the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden.
The original version of Verdi's A Masked Ball — an opera about illicit love and backstabbing traitors at a European, royal court — so offended Italian censors that Verdi eventually picked up the whole story and moved it all the way to Boston. No matter where it takes place, the story is bolstered by one of Verdi's most heartfelt scores and a love affair that ranks among the most passionate in any of his operas.
For this production by Katharina Thoma, recorded last December, soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska plays Amelia; tenor Joseph Calleja and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky are Riccardo and Renato, the political rivals who are both in love with her. Conductor Daniel Oren leads from the podium.
Amelia: Liudmyla Monastyrska (soprano)
Riccardo: Joseph Calleja (tenor)
Renato: Dmitri Hvorostovsky (baritone)
Ulrica: Marianne Cornetti (mezzo-soprano)
Sam: Anatoli Sivko (bass)
Tom: Jihoon Kim (bass)
Oscar: Serena Gamberoni (soprano)
Silvano: Samuel Johnson (baritone)
Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus
Daniel Oren, conductor