Un Ballo in Maschera – Verdi

Riccardo Muti, Liliana Cavani – Salvatore Licitra (Riccardo), Maria Guleghina (Amelia) – Teatro alla Scala

Transported by the baton of Riccardo Muti and the best singers, a memorable Masked Ball at the Scala in Milan.

Conducted by Riccardo Muti, the master of the Scala in Milan for twenty years (1986 to 2005), the Verdian melodrama unfolds before our eyes directed by Liliana Cavani. This production, recorded live in 2001, is ageless, Cavani's approach being that of timeless tradition: pasteboard and period costumes triumph as if to prove that nothing changes at the Scala.

In any case, musical excellence is pre-eminent as usual: to start with, the role of Riccardo is played by the wonderful Salvatore Licitra who began his career as a tenor precisely with A Masked Ball, in Parma, in 1998. As for Maria Guleghina, she plays an exceptionally good Amelia. The orchestra and chorus of the Scala, as well as all of the soloists, are transported by Riccardo Muti's passionate and contrasted conducting, proving once again what a wonderful Verdian he is.

Libretto by Antonio Somma taken from Gustave III ou Le bal masqué by Eugenio Scribe

Liliana Cavani stage director
Dante Ferretti set designer, lighting
Gabriella Pescucci costumes
Mischa van Hoecke choreography

Salvatore Licitra (Riccardo)
Bruno Caproni (Renato)
Maria Guleghina (Amelia)
Mariana Pentcheva (Ulrica)
Ofelia Sala (Oscar)
Pietro Terranova (Silvano)
Giovanni Battista Parodi (Samuele)
Giancarlo Boldrini (Tom)
Ernesto Gavazzi (Judge)
Ernesto Panariello (Amelia's page boy)

Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala
Roberto Gabbiani chorus master
Riccardo Muti conductor

Movie director : Carlo Battistoni
Playlists : Viva Verdi!, The Best of Italian Operas
Musical period : Romantic music
Music genres : Voice, Opera, Music with choir

Duration : 02 h 17 min
Location : Teatro alla Scala (Milan, Italy)
Recording date : 2001
Production date : 2001
Production : © RAI Radio Televisione Italiana / La Scala Opera House / EuroArts Music International / Rai Trade
Available version(s) : IT ST EN

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