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Great Performances: Verdi’s ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’ (1991)

Performers on stage in a Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera
Scene from a Metropolitan Opera performance of "Un Ballo in Maschera" in 1991.
1:39PM
April
5, 2011

In this video performance from 1991, Aprile Millo and Luciano Pavarotti show us how it’s done.

Ricardo Muti Rocks the House (of Representatives)

Palazzo di Montecitorio in Rome, Italy.
Palazzo di Montecitorio in Rome, Italy, currently the seat of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.
8:59AM
March
23, 2011

The Italian government hosts a classical music concert: Ricardo Muti performs at the Palazzo di Montecitorio in Rome, Italy, currently the seat of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.

Columbus Symphony and Chorus Performs Verdi’s Requiem

The ceiling in the Ohio Theatre, Columbus, Ohio.
Ohio Theatre (ceiling) in Columbus, Ohio, where the Columbus Symphony and Chorus performed Giuseppe Verdi's "Messa da Requiem."
4:20PM
March
8, 2011

Columbus Symphony and Chorus performs Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Messa da Requiem’ in the Ohio Theatre. The story and inspiration behind this sacred work.

Happy Birthday, Leontyne Price

Leontyne Price
American opera singer Leontyne Price in 1953.
11:49AM
February
10, 2011

February 10 is the birthday of Leontyne Price. There will never be a voice like this again. It soared, it glittered and it dug itself into your heart.

The Met’s HD Don Carlo, or Why We Should Applaud in Movie Theaters

Marina Poplavskaya with other cast members.
Marina Poplavskaya as Elisabeth in Giuseppe Verdi's "Don Carlo" performed by the Metropolitan Opera performance in 2010. Taken during the rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera on November 19, 2010.
12:59PM
December
13, 2010

The Metropolitan Opera’s live HD transmission of their performances, while broadening opera viewership, also introduces a disconnect between audiences members and performers. What gets lost from our remote locations inside a movie theater?

Sweet Singing at the Stake: Renata Tebaldi as Joan of Arc

Statue of Giovanna d'Arco (Joan of Arc).
Statue of Giovanna d'Arco (Joan of Arc) in Paris, France.
2:00PM
October
22, 2010

Although ‘Giovanna d’Arco’ (Joan of Arc) was not the most famous of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera’s, the title role was played by some of opera’s greatest voices, including Italian soprano Renata Tebaldi.

Rudolf Bing Knew How to Produce Epic Opera

Franco Corelli, Rudolf Bing, and Leontyne Price
Franco Corelli, Rudolf Bing, and Leontyne Price, 1/27/1961
10:03AM
June
11, 2010

The retirement of the autocratic Rudolf Bing as General Manager of Metropolitan Opera in 1972 was the occasion of a huge gala concert at the Metropolitan Opera House

How Toscanini Conducts Aida

Arturo Toscanini
Toscanini, the perfect conductor for Aida.
10:37AM
October 20, 2009

The perfect conductor of Aida balances the massive choral scenes with the drama. Toscanini gives the music its weight while establishing a thrilling momentum, a sense of inevitability to the story.

Don Carlo Performed by the Cincinnati Opera

Caricature of Giuseppe Verdi
Few operas have as tortured a performance history as Giuseppe Verdi’s five act opera to a French libretto, Don Carlos.
3:02PM
June
29, 2009

Set at the court of Philip II of Spain, circa 1563, Verdi’s French Don Carlos is based on Friedrich Schiller’s 1787 Don Karlos, Infant von Spanien.

Aida In German

Caricature of Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
8:43AM
May
8, 2009

A friend has sent me a broadcast of Verdi’s “Aida” performed in the Theater an der Wien, in German, as was the custom at the time.