Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

EuroArts: 2055107

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

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EuroArts

Catalogue No:

2055107

Discs:

1

Release date:

2nd Sept 2013

Barcode:

0880242551078

Medium:

Blu-ray

Region:

all

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera


Massimiliano Pisapia (Riccardo), Franco Vassallo (Renato), Chiara Taigi (Amelia), Annamaria Chiuri (Ulrica), Eun Yee You (Oscar), Herman Wallén (Silvano),Tuomas Pursio (Samuel)

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Chorus of the Leipzig Opera & Leipzig Ballet, Riccardo Chailly

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Directed for Stage by Ermanno Olmi & Stage Design & Costumes: Arnaldo Pomodoro

In this recording Riccardo Chailly directs Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera for the first time in his function as General Music Director of the Leipzig Oper on the 2nd of November 2005.

Un ballo in maschera is as exciting as a thriller, but with a passion that can only be experienced in a Verdi opera. It stands to reason that only a man of equal passion would have the ability of bringing this spectacle to the stage adequately.

Picture format Blu-ray Disc:1080i Full HD – 16:9

Sounds format Blu-ray Disc: PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master

Region code: All (worldwide)

Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 137 mins

German FSK: 0

MusicWeb International

29th October 2013

“The producer Ermanno Olmi... stick[s] pretty closely to the indicated stage directions and conveying plenty of dramatic interplay between the characters.[Pisapia simply stands and delivers in always mellifluous tones, often ignoring Verdi’s demands for ppp although he displays a pleasing mezza voce in places...Tugi displays a good solid voice, a willingness to sing quietly when Verdi requests it, and a penetrating lower register.”

Penguin Guide

2010 edition

“traditional costumes and stylized sets...[Talgi] has a pure, warm soprano, finely controlled in her legato singing, and Franco Vassallo sings magnificently, making his defying aria, Eri tu, a powerful climax, helped by Riccardo Chailly's inspired conducting.”

The Opera Critic

“Chailly's conducting left no wish unfulfilled, managing to conjure such a voluptuous sound from the orchestra that had not been heard from this pit in a while, sumptuous rumbling as well as transparency and lightness where necessary. A gripping iridescence between drama and grotesquerie was matched with great care for detailed phrasing, never losing sight of the whole. Orchestra as well as singers corresponded to their best.”

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