Verdi's 'Un ballo in maschera' at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma

27 October 2016

Jesús López-Cobos received tremendous critical acclaim for his "immaculate" interpretation of Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, featured in a new production at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma:

"It would only be a slight exaggeration to say that tonight’s performance belonged to him. And that it quite an achievement with three accomplished singers distinguishing themselves ... The balance within the orchestra was as finely tuned as any conductor I ever heard. The overture, you may remember, begins with the conspirators music passed between wind and pizzicato strings, with each section thoughtfully placed at the opposite sides of the orchestral pit. And so, echoey and beautifully eerie.

Every crescendo from the orchestra was also managed with immaculate timing. Under the wrong baton these frequent passages can become vulgar and meaningless. Carlo Enrico Macalli’s flute gave us the first hint of Amelia’s Act Two great aria with extraordinary gradations of tone ... I don’t want to diminish Maestro Macalli’s accomplishment, but he was sitting right under the conductor’s baton. Moving too, even when almost imperceptible, were Ignacio Ceballos’s carefully measured timpani interventions, sometimes chilling, sometimes thrilling. Congratulations to the orchestra as a whole as well as their admirable conductor." (Seen and Heard International)

Watch a video preview of the production with Jesús López-Cobos and stage director Leo Muscato:

Click here for more information about the production.



GUSTAV III, KING OF SWEDEN (RICCARDO) Francesco Meli / Angelo Villari

THE CAPTAIN ANCKARSTRÖM (RENATO) Simone Piazzola / Juan Jesús Rodríguez

AMELIA Hui He / Julianna Di Giacomo 

ARVIDSON (ULRICA) Dolora Zajick / Sara Murphy 

OSCAR Serena Gamberoni / Lucrezia Drei