- Directors: Otto Schenk
- Format: NTSC
- Language: Italian
- Subtitles: English
- Dubbed: None
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: Opus Arte
- DVD Release Date: 28 April 2017
- Run Time: 138 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- ASIN: B06XWB3D6T
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,866 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera [Placido Domingo; Katia Ricciarelli; Piero Cappuccilli; Orchestra of the Royal Opera House; Claudio Abbado] [Opus Arte: OA1236D] [Region 1]
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Illicit love, suspicion, deception and supernatural portents of doom lead to a shocking drama at a masked ball in 1790s Sweden. The incomparable Plácido Domingo stars as the dashing King Gustavus III, whose reforms have inspired talk of assassination among the conservative nobility. Katia Ricciarelli is Gustavuss beloved Amelia, married to his closest friend, Anckarström, sung by Piero Cappuccilli. Claudio Abbado conducts the distinguished cast, supported by the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Royal Opera Chorus, in Otto Schenks classic production of this Verdi favourite for The Royal Opera. This recording, with English subtitles, is preserved in its original Standard Definition and 4:3 picture format.
The Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House are intelligently conducted by the great Claudio Abbado in this classic 1975 production directed by Otto Schenk, with traditional costumes and attractive sets. This is one of the finest productions of one of Verdi's best operas, with outstanding vocal and acting performances --New Classics, May'17
This recording dates from 1975 but I doubt if there are any currently available to match its musical impact and beauty. The production by Otto Schenk may seem dated how often do we get sets and costumes close to those imagined by the composer? but it still works well and if only for Placido Domingo the work is well work adding to your collection. --Lark Reviews, June'17
Claudio Abbado conducts a performance notable for its flexibility, sense of forward movement and keen balance. --Opera, September'17
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i. The opera is recorded in mono. The film must originally have been designed for television broadcast. Stereo television sets were almost unheard of in the 1970s. Nowhere on the DVD case or in the enclosed booklet does it mention that the recording is mono. This fact alone would be enough to deter many potential purchasers. I have to say, though, that the sound is not unlike what one would experience in the actual opera house. Unless one is seated very near the front there is little sense of left / right separation.
ii. The subtitles are barely adequate. They are in English and cannot be turned off. No alternative subtitles are available. They are kept to an absolute minimum. Entire arias are summarized in just one sentence. This becomes annoying as the opera proceeds. Otherwise, just enough is offered to keep the viewer informed as to what is going on. And when the subtitles do appear they are in big, bold lettering which dominates the lower third of the screen.
iii. The production is traditional but very dull. This may please more conservative viewers but for the rest of us the production is not very attractive to look at. Poor Amelia's costume in Act Two makes her look like - well, I'd better not say who! See it and find out for yourself.
In addition to the above there are a whole host of minor niggles. There is only one scene selection for each act. If you wish to pick out a favourite number, or hear something again, you have to fast-forward or back. Maybe that's no big deal. But why is there no mention of important members of the cast? Who sings Ulrica, Samuel and Tom? Their names are nowhere to be found, either on the case, in the booklet or in the film itself. Yet I notice that William Bundy, whose drab and unimaginative lighting has blighted this and a whole host of other Covent Garden productions from the period, is somehow deemed worthy of a mention.
What I have said so far might be enough to deter many a potential purchaser. But consider the other side of the coin. For me, Ballo is, first and foremost, a glorious and life-enhancing piece of music. And, musically, the performance you get here is as good, if not better, than you will get anywhere. In 1975, Domingo was in his absolute prime. His voice is lustrous, his singing is resplendent and bursting with character. This role must have been dear to his heart. I never heard Ricciarelli live but I've seen many films of her live performances and, in my opinion, her live work is always better than her studio recordings. Here she is in absolutely tip-top form. Reri Grist is a nimble and attractive Oscar - a much better choice for the role than Gruberova, who sang it for Abbado some years later. As for Cappuccili, he doesn't really get going until Act Three (there's not much for him to do before then) but his Eri tu earns the loudest cheers of the evening. With Abbado in the pit, the whole performance sweeps by with the greatest warmth and energy.
So - I wouldn't necessarily recommend this as a first choice for Ballo. I have other DVD versions on my own wish list! But it is a great performance of one of the most wonderful operas ever written. And I know that I will be returning to this DVD again and again.
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