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At The Opera, Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera (CETRA 1954) December 15, 2018

  

Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) is an 1859 opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The text by Antonio Somma was based on Eugène Scribe's libretto for Daniel Auber's 1833 five act opera, Gustave III, ou Le bal masqué.

The plot concerns 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 of his wounds thirteen days later.

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 Stockholm, it became Una vendetta in domino set in Stettin, and finally Un ballo in maschera set in Boston 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.

Cast:

Ricardo - Feruccio Tagliavini

Renato - Giuseppe Valdango

Amelia - Maria Curtis Verna

Ulrica - Pia Tassinari

Oscar - Maria Erato

Orchestra and Chorus of RAI

Angelo Questa - conductor 

CETRA 1954

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:14pm
G. VERDI: Un Ballo in Maschera ( CETRA 1954) BUY RAI Angelo Questa
10:00pm
10:45pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Dies irae (excerpt) BUY Wiener Philharmoniker
10:47pm
Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino, opera: Pace, pace, mio Dio! BUY Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano
10:53pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto, opera: Questa o quella BUY New Philharmonia Orchestra
10:55pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto, opera: Bella figlia dell'amore (Quartet) BUY London Symphony Orchestra
10:59pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Otello, opera: Ave Maria BUY London Symphony Orchestra
11:00pm
11:04pm
Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata, opera: Parigi, o cara BUY Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
11:08pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth, opera: Ah, la paterna mano BUY Wiener Opernorchester
11:11pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore, opera: Squilli, echeggi la tromba guerriera BUY Chicago Symphony Orchestra
11:14pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo, opera: O Carlo, ascolta (Morte di Rodrigo) BUY Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
11:18pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Requiem Mass, for soloists, chorus & orchestra (Manzoni Requiem): Ingemisco BUY Wiener Philharmoniker
11:22pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Simon Boccanegra, opera: Come in quest'ora bruna BUY Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano
11:25pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Aida, opera: O patria mia BUY Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
11:31pm
Giuseppe Verdi: I Lombardi alla prima Crociata, opera: La mia letizia infondere BUY Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
11:33pm
Giuseppe Verdi: I Masnadieri, opera: Lo sguardo avea degli angeli BUY New Philharmonia Orchestra
11:37pm
Giuseppe Verdi: La forza del destino, opera: Solenne in quest'ora BUY Kirov Orchestra
11:42pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth, opera: Patria oppressa BUY Chicago Symphony Orchestra
11:46pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Il Trovatore, opera: Tacea la notte BUY Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
11:50pm
Giuseppe Verdi: I due Foscari, opera: Dal più remoto esilio... Odio solo, ed odio atroce BUY ORF Symphony Orchestra
11:55pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlo, opera: Spuntato ecco il dì d'esultanza (Auto-da-fé Chorus) (Excerpt) BUY Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano


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