MET OPERA LIVE IN HD: UN BALLO IN MASCHERA
2012-2013 HD OPERA SEASON
DECEMBER 8, 2012 @ 12:55 PM
RUN TIME: 4 HRS
Verdi’s vivid drama of jealousy and vengeance will be seen in a new production by acclaimed opera director David Alden, returning to the Met for the first time in more than 20 years. Fabio Luisi conducts his first Met performances of the opera, which stars Sondra Radvanovsky in her Met role debut as Amelia, Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo III, Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Anckarström, Stephanie Blythe as the fortuneteller Ulrica, and Kathleen Kim as the page Oscar. Alden, whose production is set in a dreamlike, early 20th-century Swedish environment, says that “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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CONDUCTOR: Fabio Luisi
PRODUCTION: David Alden
CAST: Sondra Radvanovsky, Marcelo Álvarez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky
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VIDEO: Video courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera.
PHOTOS: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera, Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera