Verdi - Un ballo in maschera (DVD) | C Major Entertainment 739408

Verdi - Un ballo in maschera (DVD)

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Label: C Major Entertainment

Cat No: 739408

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 10th March 2017

Contents

Artists

Piotr Beczala
George Petean
Anja Harteros
Okka von der Damerau
Sofia Fomina
Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Conductor

Zubin Mehta

Works

Verdi, Giuseppe

Un ballo in maschera

Artists

Piotr Beczala
George Petean
Anja Harteros
Okka von der Damerau
Sofia Fomina
Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Conductor

Zubin Mehta

About

Munich’s new Ballo in maschera has received much critical acclaim: ‘This production shows what a utopia opera can be’ (Abendzeitung). Ten years after stepping down as music director of the Bavarian State Opera, Zubin Mehta returned to Munich in March 2016 to celebrate his 80th birthday conducting Verdi’s masterpiece for the first time in a staged production. His cast features some of today’s finest Verdi singers: soprano Anja Harteros, singing Amelia for the first time and ‘filling every note with Verdian intensity’, tenor Piotr Beczala as a ‘visually and vocally dashing Riccardo’ and George Petean as an ‘exemplary’ Renato (Neue Musikzeitung). In director Johannes Erath’s super-sensitive new production, this historically-based tale of illicit love, conspiracy and betrayal unfolds in a surrealistic, shadowy setting transformed by lighting and projections. Special praise was showered by the enthusiastic critics on Maestro Mehta, who ‘creates concentrated musical connections, miraculously guiding his orchestra and unsurpassable voices the way a thermal lifts a paraglider... Musically the performance was a dream’ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung).

Recording date: Bayerische Staatsoper, March 2016
Sound format: Dolby Stereo, DTS 5.1
Picture: 16:9, HD
Subtitles: Italian (original language), German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese
Booklet: English, German, French
Total running time: 149 mins

Reviews

Heike Scheele’s design for Munich’s new 2016 Ballo takes no prisoners in terms of stage direction-obeying literalism. We get an abstract unit set in the style of 1940s Hollywood (think Hitchcock’s Notorious) dominated by a large double bed, and giant staircases going nowhere to the sky and running up from understage. ... Musically things are more than fine. Beczaa pulls off this one hell of a tenor role – does Riccardo ever get a break? – with style and confidence. Harteros gives her usual tightly focused emotional performance. Petean is triumphantly consistent despite being faced with many of the production’s non-realistic situations in which to act. ...  With good sound and helpful shot selection the release is strongly recommended.  Mike Ashman
Gramophone May 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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