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5.0 out of 5 stars First rate Ballo from Leipzig very well sung , even if the costumes don't really work, 19 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Verdi: Un Ballo In Maschera [Massimiliano Pisapia, Franco Vassallo, Chiara Taigi, Riccardo Chailly] [Euroarts: 2055107] [Blu-ray] [2013] (Blu-ray)
Good things first. This is musically a first rate Ballo. Massimiliano Pisapia is a suave musically intelligent Riccardo, Chiara Taigi a moving and finely sung Amelia and Franco Vassallo a superb Renato, all marvellously supported musically from Maesrto Chailly and the Gewandhaus orchestra. The Ulrica of Anna Maria Chiuri is not to my taste, producing some squally singing, but she is adequate. The Oscar of Eun Yee You is excellent and the smaller roles are well taken. All in all a musical joy. Bad things. The costumes are an uneasy cross between early Doctor Who and Trumpton and don't look particularly well made - saggy knee pads are not a look to emulate. Ulrica suffers most as a kind of hedgehog - very silly really. The costumes for the Ball itself are more thoughtful and look good in the final scene. The production and direction are basically bog standard, nothing to complain about, but really it is the musical values and the singing and acting of the main singers which give the most pleasure here, and for that alone , even with the awful costumes, which at least are amusing, the performance deserves 5 stars. Recommended.
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