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.

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).

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]

Recordings[edit]

Year Cast
(Riccardo, Amelia, Renato,
Oscar, Ulrica)
Conductor,
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
Cat:
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
LP: SET
Cat: 484-6
CD: SET
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
2005 Massimiliano Pisapia
Chiara Tagi
Franco Vassallo
Anna Maria Chiuri
Eunyee You
Riccardo Chailly
Gewandhausorchester
(Recorded in Leipzig Opera, November)
DVD: EuroArts
Cat: 0880242551085
2012 Marcelo 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

References[edit]

Notes

  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

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