Un ballo in maschera discography

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This is a discography of Giuseppe Verdi's opera, Un ballo in maschera . It was first performed at the Teatro Apollo in Rome on 17 February 1859.

Giuseppe Verdi 19th-century Italian opera composer

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian opera composer. He was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron. Verdi came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini, whose works significantly influenced him. By his 30s, he had become one of the pre-eminent opera composers in history.

<i>Un ballo in maschera</i> melodramma in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi

Un ballo in maschera(A Masked Ball) is an 1859 opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The text by Antonio Somma was based on Eugène Scribe's libretto for Daniel Auber's 1833 five act opera, Gustave III, ou Le bal masqué.

Rome Capital city and comune in Italy

Rome is the capital city and a special comune of Italy. Rome also serves as the capital of the Lazio region. With 2,872,800 residents in 1,285 km2 (496.1 sq mi), it is also the country's most populated comune. It is the fourth most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits. It is the centre of the Metropolitan City of Rome, which has a population of 4,355,725 residents, thus making it the most populous metropolitan city in Italy. Rome is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, within Lazio (Latium), along the shores of the Tiber. The Vatican City is an independent country inside the city boundaries of Rome, the only existing example of a country within a city: for this reason Rome has been often defined as capital of two states.

However, prior to the version of the opera which appears in the recordings below, Verdi had been using the title of Gustavo III and, when he was prohibited from using that title and after he was forced to make significant changes, the original version disappeared. It has been reconstructed, performed, and recorded as Gustavo III (Verdi) .

Gustavo III is an opera by Giuseppe Verdi to a libretto begun in early 1857 by the Italian playwright Antonio Somma. Never performed as written, the libretto was later revised several times under two additional names – Una vendetta in domino and Adelia degli Adimari – during which the setting was changed to vastly different locations. Eventually, it was agreed that it could be called Un ballo in maschera, the one by which it is known today, but Verdi was forced to accept that the location of the story would have to be Colonial Boston. This setting became the "standard" one until the mid-20th Century. Most productions today locate the action in Sweden.

On the 5 Oct 2013 broadcast of BBC 3'S CD Review - Building a Library, musicologist Roger Parker surveyed recordings of Un Ballo in Maschera and recommended the 1975 recording by the New Philharmonia Orchestra, Chorus of the Royal House Covent Garden, Haberdashers' Aske's School Girls’ Choir, Riccardo Muti (conductor), as the best available choice. [1]

Roger Parker is an English musicologist and, since January 2007, has been Thurston Dart Professor of Music at King's College London. His work has centred on opera. Between 2006 and 2010, while Professor of Music at Gresham College, London, Parker presented four series of free public lectures, one example being "Verdi and Milan" in 2007 which is available on video.

Philharmonia Orchestra British Orchestra based in London

The Philharmonia Orchestra is a British orchestra based in London. It was founded in 1945 by Walter Legge, a classical music record producer for EMI. Among the conductors who worked with the orchestra in its early years were Richard Strauss, Wilhelm Furtwängler and Arturo Toscanini; of the Philharmonia's younger conductors, the most important to its development was Herbert von Karajan, who though never formally chief conductor was closely associated with the orchestra in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The Philharmonia became widely regarded as the finest of London's five symphony orchestras in its first two decades.

The Royal Opera opera company in London

The Royal Opera is a company based in central London, resident at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Along with the English National Opera, it is one of the two principal opera companies in London. Founded in 1946 as the Covent Garden Opera Company, it was known by that title until 1968. It brought a long annual season and consistent management to a house that had previously hosted short seasons under a series of impresarios. Since its inception, it has shared the Royal Opera House with the dance company now known as The Royal Ballet.


(Riccardo, Amelia, Renato,
Oscar, Ulrica)
Opera house and orchestra
Label [2]
1940 Jussi Björling
Zinka Milanov
Alexander Svéd
Stella Andreva
Bruna Castagna
Ettore Panizza
Metropolitan Opera orchestra & chorus
(Recorded on 14 December)
CD: Myto
Cat: 00008
1944 Jan Peerce
Zinka Milanov
Leonard Warren
Kerstin Thorborg
Frances Greer
Bruno Walter
Metropolitan Opera orchestra & chorus
(Recorded on 15 January)
CD: Bensar
Cat: OL 11544
1951 Lorenz Fehenberger
Walburga Wegner
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Anny Schlemm
Martha Mödl
Fritz Busch
WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne
WDR Rundfunkchor Köln choir
(Recorded on 15 February)
CD: Gala
Cat: GL 100.509
1954 Jan Peerce
Herva Nelli
Robert Merrill
Virginia Haskins
Claramae Turner
Arturo Toscanini
NBC Symphony Orchestra
Robert Shaw Chorale
CD: RCA Victor
Cat: 60301
1956 Giuseppe di Stefano
Maria Callas
Tito Gobbi
Eugenia Ratti
Fedora Barbieri
Antonino Votto
Teatro alla Scala orchestra & chorus
CD: EMI Classics
Cat: EX 290925-5
1957 Giuseppe di Stefano
Maria Callas
Ettore Bastianini
Eugenia Ratti
Giulietta Simionato
Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Teatro alla Scala orchestra & chorus
CD: EMI Classics
1960 Carlo Bergonzi
Birgit Nilsson
Cornell MacNeil
Sylvia Stahlman
Giulietta Simionato
Georg Solti
Accademia di Santa Cecilia orchestra & chorus
CD: Decca
Cat: 475 8278
Cat: 000829602
1966 Carlo Bergonzi
Leontyne Price
Robert Merrill
Reri Grist
Shirley Verrett
Erich Leinsdorf
RCA Italiana Opera orchestra & chorus
CD: RCA Victor
Cat: 6645-2-RG
1970 Luciano Pavarotti
Renata Tebaldi
Sherrill Milnes
Helen Donath
Regina Resnik
Bruno Bartoletti
Accademia di Santa Cecilia orchestra & chorus
Cat: 484-6
Cat: 440 042-2 DMO2
Cat: 460 762-2 DF2
1975 Plácido Domingo
Martina Arroyo
Piero Cappuccilli
Reri Grist
Fiorenza Cossotto
Riccardo Muti
Philharmonia Orchestra
Royal Opera House chorus
CD: EMI Classics
Cat: CMS 7 69576 2
Plácido Domingo
Katia Ricciarelli
Piero Cappuccilli
Reri Grist
Elizabeth Bainbridge
Claudio Abbado
Royal Opera House orchestra & chorus
(Recording on 8 February)
DVD: Kultur Video
Cat: D 2071
DVD: Covent Garden Pioneer
Cat: B 12373-01
José Carreras
Montserrat Caballé
Renato Bruson
Margherita Guglielmi
Ruza Baldani
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Teatro alla Scala orchestra & chorus
(Recorded on 18 February)
CD: Opera d'Oro
Cat: OPD 7048
1979 José Carreras
Montserrat Caballé
Ingvar Wixell
Sona Ghazarian
Patricia Payne
Sir Colin Davis
Royal Opera House orchestra & chorus
CD: Philips
Cat: 426 560-2
1980 Luciano Pavarotti
Katia Ricciarelli
Louis Quilico
Judith Blegen
Bianca Berini
Giuseppe Patanè
Metropolitan Opera orchestra & chorus
DVD: Decca
Cat: 074 3227
1985 Luciano Pavarotti
Margaret Price
Renato Bruson
Kathleen Battle
Christa Ludwig
Sir Georg Solti
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal College of Music Junior Department chorus
London Opera chorus
CD: Decca
Cat: 410 210-2 DH2
Plácido Domingo
Katia Ricciarelli
Renato Bruson
Edita Gruberová
Elena Obraztsova
Claudio Abbado
Teatro alla Scala orchestra & chorus
CD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 453 148-2
1989 Plácido Domingo
Josephine Barstow
Leo Nucci
Sumi Jo
Florence Quivar
Herbert von Karajan
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Vienna State Opera chorus
CD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 427 635-2
1991 Luciano Pavarotti
Aprile Millo
Leo Nucci
Harolyn Blackwell
Florence Quivar
James Levine
Metropolitan Opera orchestra & chorus
DVD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 073 029-9
Cat: 001086309
2005Massimiliano Pisapia
Chiara Tagi
Franco Vassallo
Anna Maria Chiuri
Eunyee You
Riccardo Chailly
(Recorded in Leipzig Opera, November)
DVD: EuroArts
Cat: 0880242551085
2012Marcelo Álvarez
Sondra Radvanovsky
Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Kathleen Kim
Stephanie Blythe
Fabio Luisi
Metropolitan Opera House orchestra & chorus
(Recorded on 8 December 2012)
DVD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: 0880242551085

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  1. Parker, Roger. "Verdi 200: Building a Library - Un ballo in maschera". CD Review - Building a Library. BBC Radio 3. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
  2. Recordings on operadis-opera-discography.org.uk