un ballo in maschera

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Deutsche Oper Berlin 2017-18 Review – Un Ballo in Maschera: Anja Harteros Shines Brightest At The Ball
The scene is set: a masked ball, set into the morning audience of King Gustavo III of Sweden - scarlet taffeta capes and gowns, coal-black hats and boots, creme and black masks. Donald Runnicles’, Music Director of the Deutscher Oper Berlin, lifts his baton with the brisk and lively overture to Verdi’s "Un Ballo In Maschera" and the curtain rises. Gótz Friederich’s production promises vitality and originality. And sure enough,…
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The Major Opera Recordings of Florence Quivar
Florence Quivar, born on March 3, 1944, is one of the great American mezzos of her time. She first came to love opera upon hearing the Met Opera on tour and then eventually launched on a mission to become a great opera singer in her own right. Her journey took her through the Julliard School, Philadelphia Academy of Music, and then a ton of major opera companies and orchestras including…
Opera For Beginners
Opera Profile: Verdi’s ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’
Throughout his career Verdi had to deal with the censors and their efforts to hinder his operas. Nowhere was this more prominent than in “Un Ballo in Maschera,” which premiered on Feb. 17, 1859. The work was originally entitled “Gustavo III,” but Verdi had to change the setting from Sweden to Boston and change the character of King Gustav III of Sweden to Riccardo, a governor of the North American…
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The 5 Greatest Musical Moments in Verdi’s ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’
“Un Ballo in Maschera” is one of Verdi’s finest operas of his middle period. The libretto, while still rife with questionable melodramatic touches, features a compelling central character in the form of Riccardo / Gustavo. But more interestingly is the way that Verdi’s musical language has evolved throughout this particular work. “Ballo” is rife with glorious music that would easily be the masterpiece of lesser composers. From its opening prelude…
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The 14 Greatest Love Duets In Opera
It’s Valentine’s Day, the day to cherish a significant other. Last year we took a cynical look at the holiday, but not this year. Opera is rife with love, almost every single plot in every single work has some communion of two persons in that blissful word. In fact, love in opera has incited just as many battles and tension as anything else. But love has also inspired some of…
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La Fenice 2017-18 Review – Un Ballo in Maschera: Gianmaria Aliverta’s Foray Into US Racial Politics Generates Insightful Take on Verdi Classic
La Fenice opened its 2017-18 season with an interesting and courageous production of Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera,” a production which under the direction of Gianmaria Aliverta aimed at producing a deeper reading of the work, one which sought to uncover the underlying structural political conflicts that led to the assassination of a political leader. Verdi and his librettist, Antonio Somma, originally set the opera in the court of Sweden’s…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Live Stream: Adrianne Pieczonka Stars in ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’
The Vienna State Opera’s will showcase its “Un Ballo in Maschera” production this coming Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, as part of the company’s season-long live streaming service. The production will be led by conductor Jesús López Cobos, and star the likes of Piero Pretti as Gustaf III, Adrianne Pieczonka as Amelia, and Marco Caria as Ankarstrom. The production is directed by Gianfranco de Bosio with sets by Emanuele Luzzati, and…
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The Greatest Disguises in Opera
It’s Halloween! Which means that most people are taking the opportunity to disguise themselves as someone else, live out a temporary existence as a character that they either dreamed of being or enjoy playing. Opera is full of this kind of interplay, with characters disguising themselves or putting on literal costumes to get their way. One thing we often learn in opera about characters throwing on costumes is how much…
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‘Un Ballo In Maschera’ To Be Screened In Cinemas From The Liceu
The Gran Teatre del Liceu will showcase “Un Ballo in Maschera” in cinemas on Oct. 24. The production by Vincent Boussard, a co-production with the Theatre du Capitole and Staatstheater Nürnberg, is set to star Piotr Beczala in the lead role of Riccardo and Keri Alkema as Amelia. It will also star Dolora Zajick as Ulrica and Marco Caria as Renato with Renato Palumbo conducting the production. The opera will be showcased all around…
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Luciano Pavarotti’s 6 Greatest Roles
Luciano Pavarotti is one of the greatest tenors of all-time, his artistry leaving a massive legacy behind him. The tenor, born on Oct 12, 1935 in Modena, will always be remembered for his charming disposition which was matched by the color of his voice. His ability to transcend the opera stage and reach millions around the world with a variety of interests is one of the things he has left…