Verdi's 'Un Ballo in Maschera' from the Royal Opera House

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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.

Cast:
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

Comments [4]

Concett Nardone from Nassau

Beautiful opera. Love the conspirators singing "Wow, wait until everyone hears about this in town. What comments ." His wife! Ha, Ha, Ha. Bravo everyone. So sorry about Dmitri. Did you know he sang in perfect Neapolitan.
Best wishes to all.

Jul. 25 2015 03:33 PM

I love Gigli because he was my grandfather's favorite. Never understood the fascination for Bjoeling, the voice sounds like steel to me. DiStefano I never could stand, too nasal. Though he doesn't make my skin crawl like Domingo. Caruso I do enjoy, especially his mezza voce and pianissimo. Martinelli's definitely my favorite from that era.

My top 5: Kraus, Pavarotti, Carreras, Corelli and Rocky Blake. Juan Diego Flórez is fantastic as well. To each his own.

Jul. 25 2015 02:33 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

@uncle Charlie: I find the Maltese Tenor's voice to be sweet sounding. We all have our likes. I never liked Gino Becchi nor Delmonaco, Corelli.
I grew up listening to Bjoerling, Gigli, Caruso. Never could get DiStefano and Bjoering out of my mind. There is a Swedish detective series entitled Wallander and he is always listening to Bjoerling. Even named his dog Jussi. It is sad for me now to listen to Dimitri knowing that he has brain tumor.
Best wishes

Jul. 25 2015 02:00 PM

Calleja the goat sounding tenor, how people can stand listening to this guy is beyond me.

Jul. 25 2015 01:49 PM

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