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1/6/2014

A Masked Ball Listening Guide

By Gianmarco Segato, Adult Programs Manager

A Masked Ball Listening Guide

Introduction
Of Verdi’s middle-period operas, A Masked Ball (1859) is one of the few not to undergo extensive revisions following its initial run of performances. In contrast, Simon Boccanegra (1857/1881), La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny, 1862/1869) and Don Carlos (1867/1884) were significantly reworked after they premiered, and today are most often presented in their later versions, which means that different stages of Verdi’s artistic development co-exist side by side in those works, sometimes juxtaposed all too obviously.

A Masked Ball, on the other hand, was composed relatively quickly. And for all of its variety of musical styles, it is an opera that moves forward in a user-friendly, easy-to-follow single span (compare that with the confusing, sudden chronological leaps one finds in Simon Boccanegra).

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1/6/2014

Free Concert Series Highlights for January

Artists of the COC Orchestra in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre

In 2014, we resolve to offer you some of the best musical experiences in the city! We're making good on that New Year's resolution this month with iconic jazz artists and promising rising stars, a plethora of classical recitals, and an intense dance performance you won't want to miss!

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