Verdi's Un ballo in maschera

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

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Liliana Cavani — Stage director

Dante Ferretti — Set designer, lighting

Gabriella Pescucci — Costumes

Mischa van Hoecke — Choreographer

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

Program notes

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

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