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.
Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) is an 1859 opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The plot concerns the assassination in 1792 of King Gustav III of Sweden who was shot, as the result of a political conspiracy, while attending a masked ball, dying of his wounds thirteen days later.
Live from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, Fabio Luisi conducts Verdi's opera Un Ballo in Maschera .
Live from the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, Fabio Luisi conducts Verdi's opera Un Ballo in Maschera, starring Marcello Alvarez, Sondra Radvanovsky, Dmitri Hvorostovsky. This new production by David Alden features the Met's Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi at the helm of a starry cast lead by Marcelo Alvarez as King Gustav, Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia Anckarstrom, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as her husband, the King's friend and advisor Count Anckarstrom.
In this performance, broadcast live from the old Met, two of opera’s most celebrated artists team up in the principal roles.
Learn more about on demand. Un Ballo in Maschera. In this performance, broadcast live from the old Met, two of opera’s most celebrated artists team up in the principal roles. Swedish tenor Jussi Björling is Riccardo, the jovial leader in love with his closest friend’s wife, opposite thrilling dramatic soprano Zinka Milanov as the object of his affections, Amelia.
RENATO Your life, so rich in joy, so full of hope, is joined by Fate to thousands of other lives! If you are lost, what of our country, what of its splendid . At midstage, a rough table. To the rear, men and women from the town.
RENATO Your life, so rich in joy, so full of hope, is joined by Fate to thousands of other lives! If you are lost, what of our country, what of its splendid future? Can you be forever safe from wounds, because your people’s love is shielding you? . Ulrica is seated at the table; nearby, a lad and a girl are having their fortunes told. WOMEN and CHILDREN Silence – the charm must not be broken. the devil will speak to her soon.
Un Ballo in Maschera in Full Score Mineola: Dover Publications, 1996. Public Domain Name Aliases. Un ballo in mascherà; Un bal masque; Un bal masqué; Un baile de mascaras; Ein Maskenball; Der Maskenball; Un Ballo in Mascera; Un Ballo in Masquera; Maskeradballen; Um Baile de Máscaras; Ballo in maschera; Un Ballo in Maschera; A Masked Ball. I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat.
Verdi: Un Ballo in Masche. has been added to your Cart. Singing the role of Ulrica, American Contralto Marian Anderson reprises her history-making performance - as the first African-American to sing in a lead at the Met. The legendary Dimitri Mitropoulos conducts the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra along with an exemplary cast let by Zinka Milanov, Roberta Peters, Jan Peerce and Robert Merrill. 2 CD's taken from the December 10, 1955 Broadcast.
Un Ballo in Maschera A winged (and goateed) Kathleen Kim, left, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, in the Verdi work at the . Something about the Met, with all its history and influence, has a way of throwing even internationally acclaimed directors off their game. Correction: November 14, 2012.
Un Ballo in Maschera A winged (and goateed) Kathleen Kim, left, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, in the Verdi work at the Metropolitan Opera. The usual reason for a director to update the setting of a serious opera is to bring out the grim, contemporary darkness of the story.
Her first performance at the Met being in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera in 1955 - the part of Ulrica. Florence Quivar has: Played La Frugola in "Live from the Metropolitan Opera" in 1977. Her role being the part of Ulrica in Verdi's Un ballo in maschera in 1955. Played Mother Marie in "Live from the Metropolitan Opera" in 1977. Played Herself - Mezzo Soprano in "Leonard Bernstein: Reflections" in 1978. Played Ulrica Arvedson, Magierin in "Un ballo in maschera" in 1990.
says that 'Un Ballo in Maschera is one of Verdi's greatest and most brilliant scores, with a variety of different colors.
Alden, whose production is set in a dreamlike, early twentieth-century Swedish environment, says that 'Un Ballo in Maschera is one of Verdi's greatest and most brilliant scores, with a variety of different colors. It alternates between the light and the intensely melodramatic. Verdi pulls it all together with unbelievable theatrical energy. Ballo is theatrical dynamite.
Verdi - Un Ballo in Maschera, live from the Met
This was a continuous broadcast on BBC Radio 3. I have split the recording into its acts (re-encoded from .m4a to 320kbps .mp3) and the commentary (encoded into 96kbps .mp3)
Live from the Met, Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera", a drama loosely based on real events leading to the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden. Verdi masterfully develops this story at various levels: against the backdrop of a political conspiracy, he tells of the personal tragedy of a ruler in love with his best friend's wife. James Levine conducts a starry cast lead by Ricardo Tamura as Gustavo, Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as her husband, Gustavo's friend and advisor Anckarstrom.
Presented by Mary Jo Heath in conversation with Ira Siff.
Gustavo.....Ricardo Tamura (Tenor)
Amelia.....Sondra Radvanovsky (Soprano)
Count Anckarstrom.....Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Baritone)
Oscar.....Heidi Stober (Soprano)
Ulrica Arvidsson.....Dolora Zajick (Mezzo-soprano)
Judge.....Mark Schowalter (Singer)
Cristiano.....Trevor Scheunemann (Baritone)
Amelia's servant.....Scott Scully (Tenor)
Count Ribbing.....Keith Miller (Bass)
Count Horn.....David Crawford (Bass)
New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus
New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
James Levine (Conductor)
Broadcast: May 2015
With a selection of images from the production
Stockholm, Sweden. Courtiers await an audience with King Gustavo III, including a group of conspirators led by Counts Horn and Ribbing. The king enters. He notices the name of Amelia, wife of his secretary and friend, Count Anckarström, on the guest list for a masked ball, and thinks about his secret love for her. Left alone with Gustavo, Anckarström warns the king of a conspiracy against him, but Gustavo ignores the threat. The young page Oscar tells the king about the fortuneteller Madame Ulrica Arvidsson, who has been accused of witchcraft and is to be banished. Deciding to see for himself, the king arranges for his court to pay her an incognito visit.
In a building by the port, Madame Arvidsson invokes prophetic spirits and tells the sailor Cristiano that he will soon become wealthy and receive a promotion. The king, who has arrived in disguise, slips money and papers into Cristiano’s pockets. When the sailor discovers his good fortune, everybody praises Madame Arvidsson’s abilities. Gustavo hides as she sends her visitors away to admit Amelia, who is tormented by her love for the king and asks for help. Madame Arvidsson tells her that she must gather a magic herb after dark. When Amelia leaves, Gustavo decides to follow her that night. Oscar and members of the court enter, and the king asks Madame Arvidsson to read his palm. She tells him that he will die by the hand of a friend. Gustavo laughs at the prophecy and demands to know the name of the assassin. Madame Arvidsson replies that it will be the first person that shakes his hand. When Anckarström rushes in Gustavo clasps his hand saying that the oracle has been disproved since Anckarström is his most loyal friend. Recognizing their king, the crowd cheers him as the conspirators grumble their discontent.
That night in an abandoned warehouse, Amelia, who has followed Madame Arvidsson’s advice to find the herb, expresses her hope that she will be freed of her love for the king. When Gustavo appears, she asks him to leave, but ultimately they admit their love for each other. Amelia hides her face when Anckarström suddenly appears, warning the king that assassins are nearby. Gustavo makes Anckarström promise to escort the woman back to the city without lifting her veil, then escapes. Finding Anckarström instead of their intended victim, the conspirators make ironic remarks about his veiled companion. When Amelia realizes that her husband will fight rather than break his promise to Gustavo, she drops her veil to save him. The conspirators are amused and make fun of Anckarström for his embarrassing situation. Anckarström, shocked by the king’s betrayal and his wife’s seeming infidelity, asks Horn and Ribbing to come to his house the next morning.
In his apartment, Anckarström threatens to kill Amelia. She asks to see their young son before she dies. After she has left, Anckarström declares that is it the king he should seek vengeance on, not Amelia. Horn and Ribbing arrive, and Anckarström tells them that he will join the conspirators. The men decide to draw lots to determine who will kill the king, and Anckarström forces his wife to choose from the slips of paper. When his own name comes up he is overjoyed. Oscar enters, bringing an invitation to the masked ball. As the assassins welcome this chance to execute their plan, Amelia decides to warn the king.
Gustavo, alone in his study, resolves to renounce his love and to send Amelia and Anckarström to Finland. Oscar brings an anonymous letter warning him of the murder plot, but the king refuses to be intimidated and leaves for the masquerade. In the ballroom, Anckarström tries to learn from Oscar what costume the king is wearing. The page answers evasively but finally reveals Gustavo’s disguise. Amelia and the king meet, and she repeats her warning. Refusing to leave, he declares his love one more time and tells her that he is sending her away with her husband. As the lovers say goodbye, Anckarström stabs the king. The dying Gustavo forgives his murderer and admits that he loved Amelia but assures Anckarström that his wife is innocent. The crowd praises the king’s goodness and generosity.
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