Lacklustre except for Vivacious Oscar,
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This review is from: Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera (Recorded Live At The Teatro Real Madrid September 2008) [DVD]  (DVD)
I was disappointed by this performance, which was spoiled by poor staging and lack lustre acting. The ball scene, which was especially inept, gives the impression that the participants didn't really want to be there and had the attitude: 'Oh well, let's get this boring business over as quickly as possible.'
Happily, none of this applies to Alessandra Marianelli in the role of Oscar, Riccardo's page, who sang well and gave an upliftingly vivacious performance. Whilst Violeta Urmana as Amelia sang well, I nevertheless couldn't help feeling that something was lacking and that she wasn't quite right for the part. Sadly, Marco Vratogna was abysmal as Amelia's husband Renato.
Although, generally speaking, there's plenty of good singing, I could not rid myself of the feeling that it could all have been done much better. All told, it's a sad let down for Verdi as we prepare to celebrate the two hundredth anniversary of his birth.