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Saturday, August 27, 2016 Permalink

At The Opera, Verdi: In Ballo in Maschera, August 27, 2016

  

Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi with text by Antonio Somma. 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 in February of 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.

Cast

Ricardo – Luciano Pavarotti

Renato – Sherrill Milnes

Amelia – Renata Tebaldi

Ulrica – Regina Resnik

Oscar – Helen Donath

Bruno Bartoletti – conductor

Decca - 1971

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:12pm
Verdi: Un ball in maschera BUY ; Bruno Bartoletti, conductor
10:00pm
10:45pm
Puccini: Vissi D'arte - Tosca BUY EMI; Nicola Rescigno , conductor Maria Callas
10:48pm
Catalani: Ebben? Ne Andro Lontana - La Wally BUY from The Passion of Callas; composed by Catalani
10:53pm
Giordano: Andrea Chenier: La Mamma Morta BUY Maria Callas
10:58pm
Ponchelli: Suicidio! La Gioconda BUY from The Passion of Callas; composed by Ponchelli
11:00pm
11:05pm
Massenet: Mignon, opera in 3 acts: Addio Mignon BUY from 10 Great Tenors; composed by Massenet
11:08pm
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Sulla tomba che rinserra BUY from 10 Great Tenors; composed by Donizetti
11:18pm
Puccini: Tosca, opera: O lucevan le stelle BUY from 10 Great Tenors; composed by Puccini
11:30pm
Puccini: Nessun Dorma BUY from Live Hollywood Bowl 1947; composed by Puccini
11:33pm
Meyerbeer: L'africana; Act IV; O paradiso! (1993 Remastered) Lanza, Mario BUY from The Essential Mario Lanza; composed by Meyerbeer
RCA 88697074092
11:40pm
Mozart: Queen Of The Night Aria [From The Magic Flute] BUY from Florence Foster Jenkins & Friends: Murder on the High Cs; composed by Mozart
11:43pm
Richard Wagner: Die Walkure Act 1 BUY NBC Symphony Orchestra; Arturo Toscanini, conductor Traubel/Melchior
RCA 60264
11:56pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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