Un Ballo in Maschera
Approximate running time 3 hrs. 20 min.
Tenor Piotr Beczala sings King Gustavo for the first time at the Met in his very first collaboration with Music Director James Levine. Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky reprise their acclaimed interpretations in the revival of David Alden’s film noir-inspired production.
James Levine draws "pulsing, weighty and boldly characterized playing from the Met orchestra... [The] strong cast [is] headed by the rich-voiced tenor Piotr Beczala as Gustavo and the affecting soprano Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia... Ms. Radvanovsky excelled in this role when the production was new. She is even better now... She sent Verdi's phrases soaring." Dmitri Hvorostovsky "brought his trademark bronzed sound and elegant legato to his performance. He was at his best, and most vehement, when it mattered most, in the compelling aria of revenge 'Eri tu.'" Dolora Zajick "makes a formidable Ulrica" and Heidi Stober as Oscar sings "with brilliant technique and sassy charm." (New York Times)
"Un Ballo in Maschera beautifully sung and played... a top-flight cast led by Piotr Beczala and Sondra Radvanovsky... Any performance under Levine's baton is one to be remembered, and his reading of Ballo is especially so.
There is great communication between pit and stage, and the orchestra and singers are perfectly in sync." Piotr Beczala "is an ideal fit for the role of Gustavo. He has a strong voice with a clear, ringing timbre that climbs effortlessly to the soaring high notes." Sondra Radvanovsky "has amazing breath control and her phrasing is impeccable. Her rich, robust voice smoothly slides from the lower to the higher register... her second act love duet with Beczala is quite simply breathtaking." (Huffington Post)
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