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.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents A Masked Ball from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London. The highly accomplished cast features soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska as Amelia, with tenor Joseph Calleja and baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Riccardo and Renato, the political rivals who are both in love with her, in a production led by conductor Daniel Oren.
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