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Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera / Solti, Domingo, Barstow, Quivar [DVD]

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Released on DVD comes another gem from the archives of Austrian Television. Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) tells the story of the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden. Directed by famed Hollywood film director, John Schlesinger, and with outstanding performances by Plácido Domingo, Leo Nucci, Josephine Barstow, and Florence Quivar, Un Ballo in Maschera is both visually and audibly stunning.

"This is an enjoyable and musically distinguished Ballo. Once again, Domingo is fantastic; sad that so many took him for granted during the peak of his career. He brings charisma, heroism, and tenderness to the role as required, and most impressive to me was his finely nuanced singing at lesser dynamic levels, where many of his contemporaries have been content simply to pour it on. Barstow has an odd voice that feels hollow at its core. Beautiful it’s not, at least not in the conventional sense, but she uses it intelligently, and there’s no doubting that this is an Amelia who is suffering the greatest anguish over her untenable position. As her husband, Nucci is less vivid than the other two principals; although “Eri tu” is nicely sung, it is not the elemental outpouring of rage and regret one really needs in this role. Quivar is a likeable Ulrica rather than a frightening one, and the diminutive Jo is a convincingly boyish Oscar who sparkles—albeit somewhat coolly—in her solos. Solti’s conducting is a bit heavy, as if he were paying his own tribute to the late Karajan." -Fanfare

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Brian Large... never misses a point and lets the viewers savour the luxurious sets. I have seen some interesting 'modern' productions lately - thought-provoking and fascinating no doubt - but Schlesinger and William Dudley have here come up with something timeless and all-embracing. It's hard to resist. Readers with non-traditionalist leanings should look elsewhere, but to everybody else, who needs one DVD-version of Un ballo in maschera, I can enthusiastically say: Here it is!

... It's a terrific performance with lavish sets and Domingo at his best in a role he had recorded earlier in his career with Claudio Abbado and Riccardo Muti. Video and audio are excellent, and as in the previous release, there are numerous tracks so you can easily find what you're looking for.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 145 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese


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>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
  • Performers: Sumi Jo (Soprano); Florence Quivar (Contralto); Leo Nucci (Baritone); Goran Simic (Bass); Placido Domingo (Tenor); Kurt Rydl (Bass)
  • Conductor: Sir Solti
  • Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859