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Ballo in Maschera (2011)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus Musik
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004YHBA9K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,551 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Placido Domingo, Josephine Barstow, Florence Quivar, Sumi Jo, and Leo Nucci star in this Austrian TV production of the Verdi opera conducted by Sir Georg Solti and directed by John Schlesinger.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Giudizioso February 21, 2013
With this performance, we encounter a production of BALLO in its Swedish setting that is old-fashioned in the good sense. Film/stage director John Schlesinger's work has aged well -- better than has his celebrated Covent Garden LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN with the same tenor, which admittedly suffers from a dated performing edition for which the maestro shares blame. In the Salzburg BALLO (taped 28 July 1990), Schlesinger does nothing eccentric, but there are intelligence, clarity and strong intent in his work. He knows he has a good story and he trusts it. William Dudley's sets are good-looking and detailed without being smothering or overwhelming, and there is a dazzling in-sight scene change for the masked ball itself in the final scene. Schlesinger's work with the actors is above average for this period. For a BALLO to look at, this is far ahead of two well-sung earlier entries, the Tokyo '67 with Bergonzi and Stella (VAI) and the Covent Garden '75 conducted by Abbado (Kultur).

This opera must be carried by five singers. Here, two of them are among the best on video; one is very good within certain strictures; one is unexciting but adequate and well schooled, and one is a serious liability. Top honors go to Plácido Domingo's Gustavo and Florence Quivar's Ulrica. The tenor's voice is darker, bulkier and less free than it had been on his video performance with Abbado 15 years earlier, and some tight high-lying passages of the Act III aria suggest it was close to time for him to set this role aside. But this is not the tired-sounding, "managing" Domingo of the Met AĎDA video of a year earlier. The voice has plenty of sap and refulgence, and it is a caring, properly aristocratic performance by an artist with strong command of the stage.
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