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Un Ballo in Maschera (2 CD)

Item# 1000007778

Un Ballo in Maschera (2 CD)

This complete live recording is taken from the Met's historic Saturday afternoon radio performances and is newly remastered from the original December 10, 1955, broadcast. This brand new multi-disc set represents its first official release on CD.

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.

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Release Date: 8/16/11
Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos

Marian Anderson
Zinka Milanov
Roberta Peters
Jan Peerce
Robert Merrill

Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: Sony Masterworks

Verdi’s fascinating tale of the murder of a king had its world premiere at the Teatro Apollo in Rome in 1859, between the highly successful works of his middle period and the celebrated later masterpieces. David Alden, director of the new Met production, says: “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.”

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