An all-star cast includes Canada's great diva Adrianne Pieczonka and the exciting tenor Dimitri Pittas.
Excerpt from Un ballo in maschera, Deutsche Grammophon 453 149-2. Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Claudio Abbado, conductor. Plácido Domingo, Katia Ricciarelli, Renato Bruson, Edita Gruberova.
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Composed directly after his hugely successful
Rigoletto, La Traviata, and Il Trovatore, Verdi’s A Masked Ball (Un ballo in maschera) depicts a deeply human
tale of forbidden passion between two very
grown-up lovers. This stunning production sets
Verdi’s abiding love triangle in the American
south of the 1960s, with its undertones of
Kennedy-era tensions and power plays.
On stage at the Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.
Performance time is approximately three hours including two intermissions.
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.
Conductor: Stephen Lord
Directors: Jossi Wieler & Sergio Morabito
Set Designer: Barbara Ehnes
Costume Designer: Anja Rabes
Amelia: Adrianne Pieczonka
Riccardo: Dimitri Pittas
Ulrica: Elena Manistina
Renato: Roland Wood
Oscar: Simone Osborne
Production from Berlin Straatsoper
Top: (l – r) Catherine Naglestad as Amelia, Piotr Beczala as Riccardo, Dalibor Jenis as Renato, Anna Prohaska as Oscar, Oliver Zwarg as Samuel and Andreas Bauer as Tom in the Berlin Staatsoper production of Un ballo in maschera, 2008. Photo: Ruth Walz
Thumbnail: Catherine Naglestad as Amelia in the Berlin Staatsoper production of Un ballo in maschera, 2008. Photo: Ruth Walz