Un Ballo in Maschera (DVD)

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Un Ballo in Maschera (DVD)
Artists: Placido Domingo, Katia Ricciarelli
Conductor: Claudio Abbado
Directors: John Vernon
Format: NTSC
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English
Dubbed: None
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Naxos of America, Inc.
DVD Release Date: May 26, 2017
Run Time: 138 minutes

Illicit love, suspicion, deception and supernatural portents of doom lead to a shocking drama at a masked ball in 1790s Sweden. The incomparable Placido Domingo stars as the dashing King Gustavus III, whose reforms have inspired talk of assassination among the conservative nobility. Katia Ricciarelli is Gustavus`s beloved Amelia, married to his closest friend, Anckarstrom, 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 Schenk`s classic production of this Verdi favorite for The Royal Opera. This recording, with English subtitles, is preserved in its original Standard Definition and 4:3 picture format.

History

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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