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Un Ballo in Maschera


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (DTS 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: C Major Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0094AH35M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #332,694 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In 1792 King Gustavus III of Sweden was shot at a masked ball, and this was the starting point for Verdi's Un ballo in maschera. Yet before the opera could be performed in Rome in 1859, the composer had to deal with a series of censor problems. It was only when the opera moved to Boston that the work launched its triumphant career.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Noam Eitan on April 28, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This production was a big success in Parma in 2010. The video and sound engineers needed all 6 performances of the run to piece together a perfect Ballo (they usually require 2-3 performances). Once the video and sound engineers were done they produced a Ballo too good to be true. I am ashamed to admit that I enjoyed it more than any Ballo I ever experienced in any form - it's simply addicting.

This was Meli's debut as Riccardo (the Boston version was used). They cast him (at least in the first cast) with an Amelia he had to work hard to keep up with. Since body mikes were used as usual, it was possible to "correct" the imbalance so that Meli comes out with a Pavarotti sized voice, easily overshadowing his colleagues. So you get a Riccardo not only with a golden tone, elegant phrasing, passions well projected, style, acuti - you also get a rock solid "di' tu se fedele" barcarolle with its low tessitura and the most perfect 12 note leap from high Ab to middle C. Really? Meli has such a powerful lower register? I don't think so, no lyric tenor ever had such a powerful lower register, but it sure sounds that way on this recording.

This is not just an esthetic issue but also an ethical one. Loudness is not a zero sum game in a live performance (attended inhouse). A louder voice doesn't necessarily win over a smaller one. The louder voice doesn't make a smaller voice smaller because you have the external reality with its parameters of sound as a frame of reference. But in a recording it is a zero sum game, because you can turn the volume up or down and anything is loud or not only relative to something else. So making one singer louder is at the expense of the other singers. The young soprano Kristin Lewis was making her debut as Amelia (as well as her house debut).
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By Robert E. Smith on January 24, 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Parma sure has a gorgeous house - the gift of Maria Louisa, I believe, to her adopted duchy. It's a small provincial company, about equivalent to the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo, and it's silly to expect more than you get here. Except the hype is absurd, and consequently I spent nearly 40 bucks for a distinctly sub-par performance of one of my favorite Verdi operas.
The singers are ....OK (except the Ulrica, often a problematic role as who is going to engage/pay a major talent for one scene?). Acting is nothing much one way or the other. Some pretty sets, but the transition to the ball scene at the end is depressingly anti-climatic.
If you can find it, there is a performance from LaScala in the late 70s floating around with a glorious pair of doomed lovers in Pavarotti and Mara Zampieri. The cast is first rate throughout and puts this Parma thing entirely to shame. Decors are magnificent and I've never seen a more spectacular coup de theatre than in the transition from Riccardo's electrifying (as sung but this young and un-fat Pavarotti) double aria to the ball. The singing and stage craft rightly bring the house down.
I'm writing about something other than what I bought, because there isn't anything much to say about it.
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By Sam Staggs on December 16, 2014
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Yes it's a great traditional version. loved it!
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