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Verdi: Un Ballo Maschera / Downes, Vickers, Et Al

Release Date: 04/29/2008 
Label:  Royal Opera House Heritage Series   Catalog #: 9   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jon VickersAmy ShuardRegina ResnikEttore Bastianini,   ... 
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The overall performance, excitingly conducted by Edward Downes, makes this live recording, with quite passable sound quality, a worthy addition to the discography. But the main point of interest is Jon Vickers’s portrayal of Gustavo III, in a production adhering to the opera’s original setting in the court of the Swedish king. Mr. Vickers, 35 at the time, was widely acclaimed for his viscerally powerful singing of dramatic tenor roles like Wagner’s Siegmund and Beethoven’s Florestan. On this occasion you hear flashes of the anguished intensity he would later bring to Verdi’s Otello and Wagner’s Tristan. But opera buffs who know only the force-of-nature Vickers may be surprised to discover what a fine Verdi stylist he was. Once he warms up Read more in his first scene, he sings with ardent lyricism, fearless top notes and admirable attention to the rhythmic fine points and dynamics of phrasing. The great Italian baritone Ettore Bastianini is in good voice as Renato... The Amelia is the English dramatic soprano Amy Shuard...she gives an impassioned and affecting performance. The mezzo-soprano Regina Resnik brings chilling intensity to her vocally commanding account of the fortuneteller Ulrica." -- Anthony Tommasini, New York Times [7/27/2008] Read less

Works on This Recording

Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Jon Vickers (Tenor), Amy Shuard (Soprano), Regina Resnik (Mezzo Soprano),
Ettore Bastianini (Bass), Joan Carlyle (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Edward Downes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/23/1962 

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