Verdi: Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball)

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera


Plácido Domingo (Riccardo), Piero Cappuccilli (Renato), Katia Ricciarelli (Amelia), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Ulrica), Reri Grist (Oscar), William Elvin (Silvano), Gwynne Howell (Samuele), Paul Hudson (Tom), Francis Egerton (Un Giudice), John Carr (Un servo)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Royal Opera Chorus, Claudio Abbado (conductor) & Otto Schenk (director)

Illicit love, suspicion, deception and supernatural portents of doom lead to a shocking drama at a masked ball in 1790s Sweden. The incomparable Plácido Domingo stars as the dashing King Gustavus III, whose reforms have inspired talk of assassination among the conservative nobility. Katia Ricciarelli is Gustavuss beloved Amelia, married to his closest friend, Anckarström, sung by Piero Cappuccilli. Claudio Abbado conducts the distinguished cast, supported by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Royal Opera Chorus, in Otto Schenks classic production of this Verdi favourite for The Royal Opera. This recording, with English subtitles, is preserved in its original Standard Definition and 4:3 picture format.

NB This product has burnt-in English subtitles and no alternative language-options

“The Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House are intelligently conducted by the great Claudio Abbado in this classic 1975 production directed by Otto Schenk, with traditional costumes and attractive sets. This is one of the finest productions of one of Verdi's best operas, with outstanding vocal and acting performances” New Classics, May 2017

“There's Claudio Abbado's fleet and polished conducting, then Plácido Domingo's suavely sung and acted Gustavus, and Piero Cappuccilli's stentorian Anckarström...Perhaps most interesting is Katia Ricciarelli as Amelia, a role a size too big for her, showing off both her stunningly limpid and velvety soprano and at the same time just how she pushed it to tatters.” Opera Now, June 2017 ****

“What Schenk achieves...is no mean feat: a show in which the main characters meaningfully interact, have credibility and generate sympathy...[Domingo] is enjoying himself as a devil-may-care ruler with a twinkle in both eye and voice...[Cappuccilli] offers a masterclass in what we really mean by ‘Verdi baritone’.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2017

“Abbado motivates this traditional Otto Schenk staging using the Swedish setting. Domingo is a marvellously vivid Gustavo, Cappuccilli an implacable Anckarström, while Grist steals the soprano honours from Ricciarelli.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2017 ****

“Claudio Abbado conducts a performance notable for its flexibility, sense of forward movement and keen balance.” Opera, September 2017

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera


Piotr Beczala (Riccardo), George Petean (Renato), Anja Harteros (Amelia), Okka von der Damerau (Ulrica), Sofia Fomina (Oscar)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Zubin Mehta

Staged by Johannes Erath

Munich’s new Ballo in maschera has received much critical acclaim: ‘This production shows what a utopia opera can be’ (Abendzeitung). Ten years after stepping down as music director of the Bavarian State Opera, Zubin Mehta returned to Munich in March 2016 to celebrate his 80th birthday conducting Verdi’s masterpiece for the first time in a staged production. His cast features some of today’s finest Verdi singers: soprano Anja Harteros, singing Amelia for the first time and ‘filling every note with Verdian intensity’, tenor Piotr Beczala as a ‘visually and vocally dashing Riccardo’ and George Petean as an ‘exemplary’ Renato (Neue Musikzeitung). In director Johannes Erath’s super-sensitive new production, this historically-based tale of illicit love, conspiracy and betrayal unfolds in a surrealistic, shadowy setting transformed by lighting and projections. Special praise was showered by the enthusiastic critics on Maestro Mehta, whom ‘creates concentrated musical connections, miraculously guiding his orchestra and unsurpassable voices the way a thermal lifts a paraglider... Musically the performance was a dream‘ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

SOUND FORMAT:DVD: Dolby Stereo, DTS 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: Italian (original language), German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 149 mins

“Musically things are more than fine. Beczała pulls off this one hell of a tenor role…with style and confidence. Harteros gives her usual tightly focused emotional performance. With good sound and helpful shot selction the release is strongly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

“the production looks glamourous and slick…As Riccardo, Piotr Beczala is a dashing and vocally elegant protagonist…” Opera Now, May 2017

“Nigh on unimpeachable, Beczala’s Riccardo is sung throughout with clean edges and unforced lyricism… he gives a marvellous performance. There’s excellent work from Fomina’s brilliantly sung, female cross-dressing Oscar, and grand vocal depths from Okka von der Damerau’s glamourous soothsayer. Working with top-quality forces, Zubin Mehta provides motivational conducting” Opera, July 2017

“The foregrounding of Oscar’s character is fascinating. It’s a striking performance amid a clutch of stellar turns…The ensembles are expertly balanced by Zubin Mehta, and the orchestra plays with a reliably silky tone.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2017 ****

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera


Piotr Beczala (Riccardo), George Petean (Renato), Anja Harteros (Amelia), Okka von der Damerau, Sofia Fomina (Oscar)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Zubin Mehta

Staged by Johannes Erath

Munich’s new Ballo in maschera has received much critical acclaim: ‘This production shows what a utopia opera can be’ (Abendzeitung). Ten years after stepping down as music director of the Bavarian State Opera, Zubin Mehta returned to Munich in March 2016 to celebrate his 80th birthday conducting Verdi’s masterpiece for the first time in a staged production. His cast features some of today’s finest Verdi singers: soprano Anja Harteros, singing Amelia for the first time and ‘filling every note with Verdian intensity’, tenor Piotr Beczala as a ‘visually and vocally dashing Riccardo’ and George Petean as an ‘exemplary’ Renato (Neue Musikzeitung). In director Johannes Erath’s super-sensitive new production, this historically-based tale of illicit love, conspiracy and betrayal unfolds in a surrealistic, shadowy setting transformed by lighting and projections. Special praise was showered by the enthusiastic critics on Maestro Mehta, whom ‘creates concentrated musical connections, miraculously guiding his orchestra and unsurpassable voices the way a thermal lifts a paraglider... Musically the performance was a dream‘ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

SOUND FORMAT: BluRay: PCM 2.0, DTS-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: Italian (original language), German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 149 mins

“Musically things are more than fine. Beczała pulls off this one hell of a tenor role…with style and confidence. Harteros gives her usual tightly focused emotional performance. With good sound and helpful shot selction the release is strongly recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

“Eminently enjoyable, this marvellous if underrated Verdi opera Un Ballo in maschera is compellingly performed with Piotr Beczała in masterly form.” MusicWeb International, May 2017

“Nigh on unimpeachable, Beczala’s Riccardo is sung throughout with clean edges and unforced lyricism… he gives a marvellous performance. There’s excellent work from Fomina’s brilliantly sung, female cross-dressing Oscar, and grand vocal depths from Okka von der Damerau’s glamourous soothsayer. Working with top-quality forces, Zubin Mehta provides motivational conducting” Opera, July 2017

“The foregrounding of Oscar’s character is fascinating. It’s a striking performance amid a clutch of stellar turns…The ensembles are expertly balanced by Zubin Mehta, and the orchestra plays with a reliably silky tone.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2017 ****

GGramophone Magazine

Blu-ray of the Month - May 2017

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C Major - 739504

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

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

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

“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.” MusicWeb International, 29th October 2013

“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.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition

“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.” The Opera Critic

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EuroArts - 2055107

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Recorded live at the Teatro Real, Madrid, on the 25th & 28th September 2008.


Marcelo Álvarez (Riccardo), Violeta Urmana (Amelia), Marco Vratogna (Renato), Elena Zaremba (Ulrica), Alessandra Marianelli (Oscar), Borja Quiza (Silvano), Miguel Sola (Samuel), Scott Wilde (Tom), Orlando Niz (Judge), César San Martín (Amelia's servant)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real (Madrid Symphony Orchestra and Chorus), Jesús López Cobos (conductor) & Mario Martone (stage director)

Passion, loyalty and political conspiracy are the three pillars of Un ballo in maschera (1859), the ‘most operatic of all operas’. Set in XIX century Boston, Mario Martone’s atmospheric production for the Teatro Real in Madrid brings out all the innate theatricality and drama of Verdi’s work. World famous Argentinean tenor Marcelo Álvarez in the role of Riccardo leads a fabulous cast including Lithuanian soprano Violeta Urmana as his love Amelia and Elena Zaremba playing the witch Ulrica. Jesús López Cobos conducts the Madrid Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a performance that shows the lyricism and grandeur of this beautiful work, which marries grand opera and opera comique features with Verdi's classical Italian opera tradition.

Extra features:

Illustrated synopsis.

Cast gallery.

Running time 144 mins

Region code All regions

Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size: BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9 Sound format 5.1 PCM

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES/IT

“[Renato] is given a careful, possibly subtle reading by Marco Vratogna...You won't be short-changed by this DVD” BBC Music Magazine, April 2010 ***

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera


Leontyne Price (Amelia), Carlo Bergonzi (Riccardo), Robert Merrill (Renato), Shirley Verrett (Ulrica), Reri Grist (Oscar), Mario Basiola Jnr (Silvano), Ezio Flagello (Samuele), Ferruccio Mazzoli (Tom)

RCA Italiana Opera Chorus & RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

CD includes a booklet with a three-language synopsis (English/French/German), full cast list and detailed track list.

“With Leontyne Price's regal Amelia, Carlo Bergonzi's fervent Riccardo, Robert Merrill's imposing Renato, and Reri Grist's button-cute Oscar, Erich Leinsdorf's 1966 Ballo with the RCA Italiana Opera forces still packs a real punch; the eerie melodrama of both the incantation-scene (a hair-raising Shirley Verrett as Ulrica) and the graveyard sequence chill to the bone.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera


Classic, all-star performance of one of the great Verdi operas, featuring Pavarotti in one of his most celebrated roles. Available for the first time on DVD, the complete opera of the classic 1980 production by Elijah Moshinsky of Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, filmed live from the Metropolitan Opera. This was an eye-catching and thought-provkoing production. Moshinsky staged the action in pre-revolutionary 1774 Boston.

“…a valuable record and a highly enjoyable one, in Elijah Moshinsky's clean-cut production… Pavarotti, in golden voice and intense presence, is well matched by Louis Quilico's rich-voiced, mordant Renato and Katia Ricciarelli's deeply felt if occasionally strained Amelia, not to mention Judith Blegen's sparkling Oscar.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2008 *****

“Pavarotti [is] at his very finest, both as singer and actor...Patane conducts throughout with flair and Brian Large's video direction could hardly be bettered.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition ****

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera


Luciano Pavarotti (Riccardo), Sherrill Milnes (Renato), Renata Tebaldi (Amelia), Regina Resnik (Ulrica), Helen Donath (Oscar), José van Dam (Silvano), Leonardo Monreale (Samuele), Nicola Christou (Tom), Pier Francesco Poli (Un giudice)

Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale do Santa Cecilia, Bruno Bartoletti

Studio recording, 1970

Decca - E4607622

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera


Jan Peerce (Riccardo), Robert Merrill (Renato), Herva Nelli (Amelia), Claramae Turner (Ulrica), Virginia Haskins (Oscar), George Cehanovsky (Silvano), Nicola Moscona (Samuele), Norman Scott (Tom), John Carmen Rossi (Un Giudice/Un servo), Robert Shaw Chorale (chorus)

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini

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Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

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Carlo Bergonzi (Riccardo), Robert Merrill (Renato), Leontyne Price (Amelia), Shirley Verrett (Ulrica), Reri Grist (Oscar), Mario Basiola jnr. (Silvano), Ezio Flagello (Samuele), Ferruccio Mazzoli (Tom), Piero De Palma (Un Giudice), Fernandino Jacopucci (Un servo), RCA Italiana Opera Chorus (Chorus)

RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf

“With Leontyne Price's regal Amelia, Carlo Bergonzi's fervent Riccardo, Robert Merrill's imposing Renato, and Reri Grist's button-cute Oscar, Erich Leinsdorf's 1966 Ballo with the RCA Italiana Opera forces still packs a real punch; the eerie melodrama of both the incantation-scene (a hair-raising Shirley Verrett as Ulrica) and the graveyard sequence chill to the bone.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical

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