Giuseppe Verdi [1813 – 1901] : Un Ballo In Maschera / Callas, Di Stefano, Gobbi [reblog]

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Μια ιστορία πολιτικής ίντριγκας, προδομένης φιλίας και παράνομου έρωτα, βασισμένη σε πραγματικό γεγονός [η δολοφονία του βασιλιά της Σουηδίας Γουσταύου Γ’ στη διάρκεια ενός χορού μεταμφιεσμένων] γίνεται αφορμή για τον “Χορό Μεταμφιεσμένων”, μια από τις πιο πλούσιες μελωδικά όπερες του Βέρντι. Στoυς κύριους ρόλους εδώ ο τενόρος Giuseppe Di Stefano [Riccardo – το “σκηνικό” όνομα που δόθηκε στον ηγεμόνα από την λογοκρισία] η σοπράνο Maria Callas [Amelia – σύζυγος του Renato, φίλου του Riccardo, με την οποία ο τελευταίος είναι κρυφά ερωτευμένος], και ο βαρύτονος Tito Gobbi [Renato]. Την Ορχήστρα του Θεάτρου της Σκάλας του Μιλάνου διευθύνει ο Antonino Votto.

A story of political intrigue, betrayed friendship and illicit love, based on an actual event [the assassination of Sweden’s King Gustav III during a masquerade dance] becomes the occasion for “A Masked Ball”, one of Verdi’s most melodic operas. On the main roles here, the tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano [Riccardo – the scenic name given to the ruler by censorship] the soprano Maria Callas [Amelia – wife of Renato, friend of Riccardo, with whom the latter is secretly in love], and the baritone Tito Gobbi [Renato]. The Teatro alla Scala Orchestra is conducted by Antonino Votto.


00:00 Morro, Ma Prima In Grazia [Callas]
Preludio (Act II)
Eri Tu Che Macchiavi Quell’ amina [Gobbi]
Ah! Perche Qui Fuggite [Callas, Di Stefano]
E Tu Ricevi Il Mio! [Gobbi, Di Stefano, Callas, Eugenia Ratti]
Ella E Pura: In Braccio A Morte [Di Stefano, Callas, Ratti, Gobbi, Silvio Maionica, Nicola Zaccaria]



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