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Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera
Giuseppe Verdi, Walter Herbert, New Orleans Opera Orchestra
Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera
Genres: Soundtracks, Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (18) - Disc #2

This performance, recorded live in New Orleans in April 1950, is notable only for the presence in the cast of the great Swedish tenor Jussi Björling. He sang the role of Riccardo often--Stockholm, La Scala, the Met, and el...  more »

      
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This performance, recorded live in New Orleans in April 1950, is notable only for the presence in the cast of the great Swedish tenor Jussi Björling. He sang the role of Riccardo often--Stockholm, La Scala, the Met, and elsewhere--and even coached with Toscanini in 1953 for a performance that was aborted, but he never recorded the opera commercially. Here he is in excellent voice, manly, fluent, and lyrical, especially effective in "Di' tu se fedele" in Act I, with an interpolated high B, and in "Si, rivederti, Amelia" in Act II, with an unexpected and brilliant interpolated high C. Except for the strong baritone of Marko Rothmüller as Renato, the rest of the cast (including Suzy Morris as Amelia and Audrey Schuh as Oscar) is nowhere near his level, and Walter Herbert leading the New Orleans Opera Orchestra and Chorus is no more than adequate. Bits of the performance are missing, and the sound varies from poor to wretched. This release will be valuable to Björling fans but offers little to anyone else. --Alex Morin
 

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Bjorling fans will relish this
Sue Walter | Vienna, VA USA | 02/06/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I did not know that he sang the Masked Ball, let alone that anyone recorded it until a couple of months ago. This recording is a real treat. True, it has flaws. There are 4 1/2 minutes of static and the other singers are not so hot although they are adequate. But Bjorling comes through clear and silvery and lovely as ever and those who love the great voice will delight in this new and unexpected treat. Imagine a whole new opera with Bjorling after 50 years! Especially such a great tenor opera."