Curator Melissa Wolfe talks about the inspiration we can all take away from the Columbus Museum of Arts newest exhibition showcasing the work of home town hero George Bellows. George Bellows and the American Experience through January 4, 2014. This exhibition follows on the heels of a major retrospective of the artist organized by the [...]
Great Performances: Verdi’s ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’ (1991)
I listened to this clip from a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera at the New York’s Metropolitan Opera from 1991Â and thought: we can’t reproduce this cast today.
We can come close, but for full-throated, all-out Verdi singing, you have to go back twenty years.
By “Verdi singing,” I mean power, tonal beauty, phrasing, and a love for the music and the text that is palpable for the audience.
In this video performance, Aprile Millo and Luciano Pavarotti show us how it’s done. He’sÂ nel cielo (“in heaven”) now and she doesn’t sing so much any more. I’m sorry to say.
But when it was good, it was glorious. God bless them both, and God bless Verdi.