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Saturday, July 26, 2014 Permalink

At the Opera, Verdi: Un ballo in Maschera, 07/26/14


Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi with text by Antonio Somma. However, Somma's libretto was itself based on the five act libretto which playwright Eugène Scribe had written for Daniel Auber's 1833 opera, Gustave III, ou Le bal masqué.

 Although it was to take over two years between the time of the commission and its premiere performance, that took place at the Teatro Apollo in Rome on 17 February 17, 1859.

 Scribe wrote about the assassination in 1792 of King Gustav III of Sweden who was killed as the result of a political conspiracy against him. He was shot while attending a masked ball and died 13 days later of his wounds. This 1966 recording stars Leontyne Price, Carlo Bergonzi and Robert Merrill. Erich Leinsdorf conducts.


Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
Giuseppe Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera BUY RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra; Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Gaetano Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor Excerpts Act 1 and 2 BUY RAI; Francesco Molinari Pradelli, conductor
Boito: Mefistofele: Dai Campi, Dai Prati BUY n/a; n/a, conductor John McCormack
Nimbus Records NI-1782-3
Mozart: Don Giovanni: Il Mio Tesoro BUY John McCormack
Nimbus Records NI-1782-3
Wagner: Die Meistersinger: Prize Song (Sung In English) BUY n/a; n/a, conductor John McCormack
Nimbus Records NI-1782-3
John McCormack: Killarney BUY John McCormack
John McCormack: Somewhere a Voice Is Calling BUY John McCormack
John McCormack: I Hear You Calling Me BUY John McCormack

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