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Saturday, February 27, 2016 Permalink

At The Opera, Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) February 27, 2016

  

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.

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 ballroom dance and died 13 days later of his wounds.

It was to take over two years between the time of the commission from Naples and planned for a production there and its premiere performance at the Teatro Apollo in Rome on February 17 1859. In order to become the Un ballo in maschera which we know today, Verdi's opera (and his libretto) was forced to undergo a significant series of transformations and title changes. Based on the Scribe libretto and begun as Gustavo III set in Sweden, it became Una vendetta in dominò set in Germany, and finally Un ballo, set not in Sweden but in Boston, Massachusetts during the colonial era. These changes were caused by a combination of censorship regulations in both Naples and Rome, as well as by the political situation in France in January 1858. It became one of the most frustrating experiences of Verdi's career.

From the mid-20th century, it has become more common for the setting to revert to its original 18th-century Stockholm location. A re-creation of the original Gustavo III has been staged in Sweden.

Ricardo – Carlo Bergonzi

Amelia – Leontyne Price

Renato – Robert Merrill

Ulrica – Shirley Verrett

Erich Leinsdorf conducts the RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra and Chorus - 1967

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:08pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera BUY RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra; Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
10:00pm
10:39pm
Puccini: Vissi D'arte - Tosca BUY EMI; Nicola Rescigno , conductor Maria Callas
10:42pm
Catalani: Ebben? Ne Andro Lontana - La Wally BUY from The Passion of Callas; composed by Catalani
10:47pm
Ponchelli: Suicidio! La Gioconda BUY from The Passion of Callas; composed by Ponchelli
10:51pm
Puccini: Sola, Perduta, Abbandonata - Manon Lescaut BUY from The Passion of Callas; composed by Puccini
11:00pm
11:02pm
Borodin: Prince Igor Act II: Aria: Ni sna ne otdykha (No sleep, no rest) BUY from Power Players: Russian Arias for Bass; composed by Borodin
11:09pm
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin, Op. 24, Act III: Lyubvi vsye vozrasti pokorni BUY from Power Players: Russian Arias for Bass; composed by Tchaikovsky
11:15pm
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov: Prologue: Coronation Scene BUY from Power Players: Russian Arias for Bass; composed by Mussorgsky
11:25pm
Giordano : Un di all'azzurro spazio - Andrea Chenier BUY from The Age Of Puccini; composed by Giordano
11:30pm
Giordano : Come un bel dì di maggio Andrea Chenier BUY from The Age Of Puccini; composed by Giordano
11:33pm
Giordano : Vicino a te Andrea Chenier BUY from The Age Of Puccini; composed by Giordano
11:42pm
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Die Tote Stadt Duet BUY ; Götz Friedrich, conductor
11:52pm
Cesare Andrea Bixio: Addio, Sogni Di Gloria BUY from Giuseppe Di Stefano - Torna a Surriento (Songs of Italy & Sicily); composed by Cesare Andrea Bixio
11:56pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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