Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (DVD) – Marcelo Álvarez

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Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (DVD) – Marcelo Álvarez

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Artists: Marcelo Álvarez, Violeta Urmana, Elena Zaremba, Marco Vratogna, Alessandra Marianelli, Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real
Conductor: Jesús López Cobos
Directors: Mario Martone
Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
Run Time: 144 minutes

Passion, loyalty and political conspiracy are the three pillars of Un ballo in maschera (1859), the “most operatic of all operas.” Set in 19th-century Boston, Mario Martone’s atmospheric production for the Teatro Real 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 lover Amelia, and Elena Zaremba as the witch Ulrica. Jesús López Cobos conducts the Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real in a performance that emphasizes the lyricism and majesty of this wonderful work, in which grand opera and opera comique are woven together with classic Italian style.

“Marcelo Álvarez surely has the most beautiful tenor voice to be heard today in any opera house…Violeta Urmana is one of the few dramatic sopranos regularly active just now and it is a pleasure to listen to her in such a demanding part as Amelia...Young Alessandra Marianelli made an exemplary Oscar, both as an actress and as a very accomplished singer. The role fits her like a glove and she was perfect...The orchestra gave a very good performance and the Chorus was on top form.” (Seen and Heard International)


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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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