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Un ballo in maschera (2005)

Filmed live at the Leipzig Opera in November 2005, this recording of Verdi's famous Un Ballo in Maschera, brings a lively musical evening. Riccardo Chailly, who made a critically acclaimed ... See full summary »


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Antonio Somma (libretto)

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Credited cast:
Chiara Taigi Chiara Taigi ... Amelia
Eun Yee You Eun Yee You ... Oscar
Franco Vassallo Franco Vassallo ... Renato
Massimiliano Pisapia Massimiliano Pisapia ... Riccardo
Tuomas Pursio Tuomas Pursio ... Samuel
Herman Wallén Herman Wallén ... Silvano
Metodie Bujor Metodie Bujor ... Tom
Anna Maria Chiuri Anna Maria Chiuri ... Ulrica
Seung-Hyun Kim Seung-Hyun Kim ... Un Giudice / Un Servo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Riccardo Chailly Riccardo Chailly ... Himself - Conductor


Filmed live at the Leipzig Opera in November 2005, this recording of Verdi's famous Un Ballo in Maschera, brings a lively musical evening. Riccardo Chailly, who made a critically acclaimed start in his position as General Music Director of the Leipzig Opera with this staging, directs the Gewandhausorchestra and a cast of experienced Verdi singers in a collaboration between the Zurich and Leipzig Operas. Un ballo in maschera - a story of love, power and political murder in 19th century United States of America - is as exciting as a thriller, but with a passion that can only be experienced in a Verdi opera. The Italian film director Ermanno Olmi (The Legend of the Holy Drinker, The Tree of Wooden Clogs) staged it accordingly. The amazing visual effects in this production were created by the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodore who designed the fantastic colourful set and costumes.

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26 November 2005 (Germany) See more »

Filming Locations:

Leipzig, Saxony, Germany

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25 January 2008 | by GyranSee all my reviews

Riccardo Chailly gets a rousing performance from the Leipzig Gewandhaus in this production of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. The opera chorus is also in fine form. The soloists, however, are more patchy. As Riccardo, Massimiliano Pisapia, is a promising young tenor although his acting leaves something to be desired and, in his high collared coat, he looks disturbingly like Grandpa in the Munsters. Chiara Taigi is ravishing as his lover Amalia but her high notes can be disconcertingly wayward. Franco Vassallo gives a good dramatic performance as the cuckolded husband Renato but he has a somewhat underpowered baritone voice. Annamaria Chiuri is nowhere near bloodcurdling enough as the fortune teller Ulrica. Eun Yee You sings the trouser role of Oscar adequately but can do nothing with the character.

The real star of this production is Arnaldo Pomodoro the costume designer. I don't mean that in a nice way because, when you notice the costumes more than the singing something is seriously out of balance. Chiara Taiga wears a stunning electric blue number in the second act, not really the sort of dress you would wear if you wanted to go incognito in a haunted graveyard. Ulrica is covered in spikes and foam as if she is a character in a TV programme for the under fives. The masked ball itself looks sensational with the characters wearing huge helmets and ruffs. But none of this helps in making Verdi's unlikely story any more plausible.Unlike the version of this opera filmed at La Scala in 2001 we get no sense of time or place and no sense of the political drama behind the love interest. Like La Scala, this production uses the original version of the opera, set in Boston but it actually inhabits some weird theatrical never-never land.

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