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Un Ballo in Maschera
(Dec. 8, 2012)
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist: Antonio Somma
Luisi; Radvanovsky, Kim, Blythe, Álvarez, Hvorostovsky
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 41 min.
David Alden’s elegant 2012 production moves Verdi’s thrilling drama to a timeless setting inspired by film noir. Marcelo Álvarez is Gustavo III, the Swedish king in love with Amelia (Sondra Radvanovsky), the wife of his best friend and counselor, Count Anckarström (Dmitri Hvorostovsky). When Anckarström joins a conspiracy to murder the king, tragedy ensues. Stephanie Blythe is the fortuneteller Madame Ulrica Arvidsson and Kathleen Kim sings the page Oscar. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.