Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Giuseppe Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Massimiliano Pisapia... Riccardo
Franco Vassallo... Renato
Chiara Taigi... Amelia
Anna Maria Chiuri... Ulrica
Eun Yee You... Oscar
Conductor: Riccardo Chailly
Stage Director: Ermanno Olmi

This film conflated from two live performances of 'Un Ballo in Maschera' comes from the Leipzig Opera and thus the marvelous Gewandhaus Orchestra is in the pit and the conductor is their new music director Riccardo Chailly, conducting his first-ever 'Ballo.' The singers are all

unknown to me but I'll wager that we'll be hearing about Massimiliano Pisapia (Riccardo) and possibly also Chiara Taigi (Amelia) in the not too distant future. The rest of the cast is mostly Italian and that lends a certain stylistic unity to the production. 
Stage direction is by film director Ermanno Olmi ('The Tree of Wooden Clogs') and seems neither particularly imaginative nor obtrusive.

1 Full DVD9 | NTSC | All Regions | 16:9 | DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo, DD 5.1 | VO: italian | 6,35 GB
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian  | Timing: 137 min
Recorded in 2005, Leipzig Opera | + Full Booklet

1 FULL DVD: 33x200Mb

SCANS: 1x65Mb

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