Mon. Dec 5th, 2022

 

Verdi’s ‘Un Ballo in Maschera” (“A Masked Ball”) is the Maryland Lyric Opera’s second manufacturing in an all-Verdi season that includes among the composer’s best-loved works. In true Verdi style, “Un Ballo” consists of excessive drama, fantastical characters, a harmful love triangle, and naturally, a surprising twist within the opera’s last moments.   

…the Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra, below conductor Andrea Licata, takes heart stage, placing each the music and vocal artistry into sharper focus…make your solution to lovely Strathmore, and take your house on the ball!   

Set in Boston throughout the British colonial period, Riccardo, the Governor of Boston (Tenor Arturo Chacon-Cruz), is head over heels in love with Amelia (Soprano Indira Mahajan), who’s the spouse of his most devoted good friend and confidant, Renato (baritone Aleksey Bogdanov). Distracted by his ardour for Amelia, Riccardo ignores warnings that his enemies are plotting in opposition to him, even when these warnings come from the fortune teller, Ulrica (Mezzo-Soprano Daryl Freedman), whose magical powers predict that Riccardo will quickly face an premature finish. When Riccardo’s web page, Oscar (Mezzo-Soprano Aitana Sanz), seems with invites to a masked ball, the co-conspirators, Samuel (Baritone Michael Pitocchi) and Tom (Bass-Baritone Adam Cioffari), see the right alternative to execute their plans. In a surprising flip, nevertheless, they’re not scheming alone.  

The solid options two excellent mezzo-sopranos. Freedman sang an electrifying “Re dell’abisso, affrettati” (“King of the abyss, make haste”), and Sanz delivered a lightweight and charming “Saper vorreste’ (“You wish to know”). Mahajan sings a compelling, “Morrò, ma prima in grazia” (“I’ll die, however first, a kindness”), and Chacon-Cruz, an unforgettable “Ma se m’è forza perderti (“But when I’m compelled to lose her”). Maryland Lyric Opera Refrain, led by Refrain Grasp Husan Park, maintains a balanced and delightful mix all through Verdi’s demanding choral work, most notably in its rendition of “Posa in tempo” (“Relaxation in Peace”). 

Usually, the orchestra is out of sight, however on this live performance model, the Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra, below conductor Andrea Licata, takes heart stage, placing each the music and vocal artistry into sharper focus, and making it doable for a sure opera “unplugged” expertise. The stage shouldn’t be fully naked of surroundings. Projection Designer Sarah Tundermann supplies screens brimming with symbolism plucked from the narrative which might be eye-catching but in addition properly built-in with the English subtitles.     

Dwell efficiency can appear out of attain for a lot of, however the Maryland Lyric Opera’s dedication to creating opera an accessible artwork type extends to its ticket costs, together with scholar seats that begin at $10 and particular provide tickets starting at $29.50. So, seize a masks, make your solution to lovely Strathmore, and take your house on the ball!

Working Time:  Roughly two hours and 45 minutes with one 20-minute intermission.

Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” runs November 11 and 13, 2022 at The Music Heart at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852. For extra details about the Maryland Lyric Opera or to purchase tickets, click on right here. The opera is sung in Italian with projected English subtitles.

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