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    Default Verdi operas on disc - Un ballo in Maschera

    Decca missed a trick when Bjoerling's alleged alcohol problems prevented him from recording the role of Riccardo. So what is your recommended version?

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    Un Ballo in Maschera

    Leontyne Price (Amelia), Carlo Bergonzi (Riccardo), Robert Merrill (Renato), Shirley Verrett (Ulrica), Reri Grist (Oscar), Mario Basiola Jnr (Silvano), Ezio Flagello (Samuele), Ferruccio Mazzoli (Tom)

    RCA Italiana Opera Chorus & RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra, Erich Leinsdorf.
    For the CD.
    DVD the Solti the one he took over from Karajan with Domingo and Bastow.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    The best version I can think of. I have not listened to the Callas Live recording, and the Studio recording is good. It's not an opera I'm eager to watch or listen to.

    Reri Grist (Oscar) is my favourite singer from this recording, and Domingo's voice is really suitable for the gullible Riccardo. Overall the cast is really good.

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    Un Ballo in Maschera


    ballo_.jpg

    Maria Callas (Amelia), Giuseppe di Stefano (Riccardo), Tito Gobbi (Renato), Fedora Barbieri (Ulrica), Eugenia Ratti (Oscar), Ezio Giordano (Silvano), Silvio Majonica (Samuele), Nicola Zaccaria (Tom)

    Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Antonino Votto

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    giuseppeverdi.beniaminogigli.mariacaniglia-unballoinmaschera(amaskedball)(boxset) (1).jpg

    My fav is that one, Gigli at his best, Caniglia pretty close to her peak, Bechi from when he sounded like he'd be one of the alltimers before his baffling dropoff, and Barbieri with one of the great Ulricas. The Oscar is pretty irritating, but even at the best, I find the Oscars irritating.

    1943 recording, but the sound is actually better than I would have expected. The sound is comparable to good 1950s mono recordings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howlingfantods View Post
    giuseppeverdi.beniaminogigli.mariacaniglia-unballoinmaschera(amaskedball)(boxset) (1).jpg

    My fav is that one, Gigli at his best, Caniglia pretty close to her peak, Bechi from when he sounded like he'd be one of the alltimers before his baffling dropoff, and Barbieri with one of the great Ulricas. The Oscar is pretty irritating, but even at the best, I find the Oscars irritating.

    1943 recording, but the sound is actually better than I would have expected. The sound is comparable to good 1950s mono recordings.
    DavidA -> Decca missed a trick when Bjoerling's alleged alcohol problems prevented him from recording the role of Riccardo. So what is your recommended version?
    HFT knows this Un Ballo is on my buy list, young Jussi and Zinka will soon be mine............
    (MET saturday radio broadcast)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    HFT knows this Un Ballo is on my buy list, young Jussi and Zinka will soon be mine............
    (MET saturday radio broadcast)

    That's a wonderful Ballo, I particularly liked Sved's Renato.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howlingfantods View Post
    ...but even at the best, I find the Oscars irritating.
    I too find the Oscars irritating, but then I'm not really one for award ceremonies!

    N.

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    No question, in Ballo, it's Callas vs. Callas, with the live recording getting a bit more oomph.

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    I have an affection for this one, because I saw most of this cast in this opera onstage - and they were lovely!

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    If we do second choices ; this one :

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    If we do second choices
    Oops! Was that a faux pas? I didn't mean to transgress!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAS View Post
    Oops! Was that a faux pas? I didn't mean to transgress!
    No problem I forgot the
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    If we do second choices ; this one :

    The conducting on that one is very classy it's just that the singers don't do it for me.

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    This one would come with me to the desert island:

    Ballo.jpg

    with these two hid in my Calvin's because I can't bear to be without any of these:

    Callas Ballo.jpgBallo live.jpg

    N.

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