Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (DVD) – Piotr Beczala, Anja Harteros

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Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (DVD) – Piotr Beczala, Anja Harteros

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Artists: Piotr Beczala, George Petean, Anja Harteros, Okka von der Damerau, Sofia Fomina, Andrea Borghini, Anatoli Sivko, Scott Conner, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Director: Johannes Erath
Format: NTSC
Language: German
Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: C Major
DVD Release Date: March 24, 2017
Run Time: 149 minutes

Ten years after stepping down as music director for the Bavarian State Opera, a “grand Zubin Mehta” (Bayerischer Rundfunk) returned to Munich in March 2016 to celebrate his 80th birthday conducting Verdi’s masterpiece for the first time in a staged production. His cast features some of today’s finest Verdi singers: soprano Anja Harteros, singing Amelia for the first time and “filling every note with Verdian intensity,” tenor Piotr Beczala as a “visually and vocally dashing Riccardo” and George Petean as an “exemplary” Renato (Neue Musikzeitung).

In director Johannes Erath’s musically super-sensitive new production, this historically-based tale of illicit love, conspiracy and betrayal unfolds in a surrealistic, shadowy setting transformed by lighting and projections. Special praise was showered by the enthusiastic critics on Maestro Mehta, who “creates concetrated musical connections, miraculously guiding his orchestra and unsurpassable voices the way a thermal lifts a paraglider...Musically the performance was a dream” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

“A total triumph” (La Razon)

“This production shows what a utopia opera can be.” (Abendzeitung)

“A formidable vocal feast” (Bayerische Staatszeitung)



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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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