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Un Ballo in Maschera - WOW

By emstev6
Written March 28, 2015
How can you go wrong--sublime Verdi music plus fabulous singers, who are also wonderful actors. In particular Sondra Radvanovsky. I have never seen such emoting and such passion. She makes Amelia seem so real. Her voice is exquisite. And then there is the incomparable Dimitri Hvorostovsky--just the expressions on his face alone can convey everything he is feeling and, in turn, makes you feel. He give such a powerful performance. One reviewer criticized Stephanie Blythe's weight. What? Even if you are thinking it, don't say it. Such opinions should be kept to oneself. This is her body--her business. I had never seen this opera and was only vaguely familiar with the music. It was such an intense and moving experience--I was crying at the end. (Some of those tears was sadness that it was over). This is my third HD opera this season. I am loving each one This is by far the best season yet. Kudos to Peter Gelb--and please keep them coming..
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ballo in maschera

By momm
Written November 26, 2014
I thought the singing and acting were terrific. I would prefer it in original time frame. parts of it reminded me of Mahagony with furniture by Ikea. Stephanie bly should lose weight
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Un ballo in maschera

By martyprof
Written April 26, 2015
Very enjoyable. Thank you for continuing to bring this series to us.
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Well Done!

By JMGibbons
Written February 01, 2015
A very creative staging of this Verdi classic.
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Ballo

By Jimborooney
Written February 28, 2015
Fantastic!! Marvelous singing matched with excellent heart-tugging acting. Operatic acting has come a very long way from the "clutch and stagger" era!!! I especially enjoy Deborah Voigt's interviews with singers and the conductor, and designers! The sound and the visual presentation is unequaled. Thank you Neubauer.
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