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Great Performances at the Met – Un Ballo in Maschera
Air date: 05/05/2013

The Metropolitan Opera’s New Production of Un Ballo in Maschera Conducted by Fabio Luisi and Directed by David Alden Premieres on THIRTEEN’s Great Performances at the Met Sunday, May 5 at 12 noon on PBS

 

Marcelo Álvarez, Sondra Radvanovsky, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky sing the three leading roles in Verdi’s vivid and tuneful drama

 

The Met’s new production of Un Ballo in Maschera, Verdi’s classic drama of political intrigue and thwarted romance, staged by acclaimed opera director David Alden and led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi, airs on Great Performances at the Met Sunday, May 5 at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). In New York, THIRTEEN will premiere the opera on Thursday, May 2 at 9 p.m., with an encore showing Sunday, May 5 at 12:30 p.m.

 

Some of the Met’s leading Verdi stars take on the central roles in the opera’s love triangle: Marcelo Álvarez as the ill-fated King Gustavo III; Dmitri Hvorostovsky as his best friend and eventual rival, Count Anckarström; and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia, Anckarström’s wife and the object of the king’s secret passion. Kathleen Kim sings the coloratura role of Oscar, Gustavo’s page, and Stephanie Blythe is Mme. Ulrica Arvidsson, a fortune-teller with ominous news for the king.

Soprano Deborah Voigt hosts the transmission and conducts backstage interviews with the stars.

When the production debuted at the Met in November, the Associated Press hailed it as
“An intriguing, fresh look at one of the essential works of the repertory,” while the Huffington Post sang the praises of “(a)n excellent cast who bring all the emotion, tenderness, and tension to a score that is both exciting and haunting.”

Un Ballo in Maschera was originally seen live in movie theaters on December 8 as part of the groundbreaking The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits live performances to more than 1900 movie theaters and performing arts centers in 64 countries around the world.

Great Performances at the Met is a presentation of THIRTEEN for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. Throughout its 40 year history on public television, Great Performances has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming.  Now in its fifth decade, the series has been the home to the greatest artists in the areas of drama, dance, musical theater, classical and popular music, providing many with their very first television exposure.

Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met is provided by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.  This Great Performances presentation is funded by the Irene Diamond Fund, the Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, The Agnes Varis Trust, and public television viewers.

For the Met, Matthew Diamond directs the telecast. Jay David Saks is Music Producer, Mia Bongiovanni and Elena Park are Supervising Producers, and Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik are Producers. Peter Gelb is Executive Producer.  For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is Series Producer; David Horn is Executive Producer.

Visit Great Performances online at www.pbs.org/gperf for additional information on this and other Great Performances programs.

 

About WNET
In 2013, WNET is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship public media provider. As the parent company of THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to over 5 million viewers each week. WNET produces and presents such acclaimed PBS series as Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, Need to Know, Charlie Rose and a range of documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings available on air and online. Pioneers in educational programming, WNET has created such groundbreaking series as Get the Math, Oh Noah! and Cyberchase and provides tools for educators that bring compelling content to life in the classroom and at home. WNET highlights the tri-state’s unique culture and diverse communities through NYC-ARTS, Reel 13, NJ Today and MetroFocus, the multi-platform news magazine focusing on the New York region.

 

About the Met

Under the leadership of General Manager Peter Gelb and Music Director James Levine, the Met has a series of bold initiatives underway that are designed to broaden its audience and revitalize the company’s repertory. The Met’s 2012-13 season features seven new productions, including Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, directed by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Maurizio Benini; the Met premiere of Thomas Adès’s The Tempest, directed by Robert Lepage and conducted by the composer; Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, directed by David Alden and conducted by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi; the Met premiere of Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, directed by David McVicar and conducted by Benini; Verdi’s Rigoletto, directed by Michael Mayer in his Met debut and conducted by Michele Mariotti; Wagner’s Parsifal, directed by François Girard in his Met debut and conducted by Daniele Gatti; and Handel’s Giulio Cesare, also directed by David McVicar and conducted by Harry Bicket.

 

Building on its 81-year-old radio broadcast history—heard over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network—the Met uses advanced media distribution platforms and state-of-the-art technology to reach audiences around the world. The Met: Live in HD, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series of live performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world, returns for its seventh season in 2012-13. Met Player, a subscription service makes much of its extensive video and audio catalog of full-length performances available to the public for the first time online, and in exceptional, state-of-the-art quality. Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM broadcasts live performances from the Met stage three times a week during the opera season, as well; the Met on Rhapsody on-demand service offers audio recordings; and the Met presents free live audio streaming of performances on its website once every week during the opera season.
The Met has launched several audience development initiatives, including Open House dress rehearsals, a popular rush ticket program, Gallery Met, and an annual Holiday Series presentation for families. For more information, please visit: www.metopera.org.

 

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Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

A scene from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera."

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Kathleen Kim as Oscar and Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia and Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia and Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera."Photo Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Keith Miller as Count Ribbing and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Keith Miller as Count Ribbing and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

A scene from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" with Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia. Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III, Kathleen Kim as Oscar, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Mark Schowalter as the Judge and Kathleen Kim as Oscar in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

A scene from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

A scene from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Marcelo Álvarez as King Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

A scene from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo III and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Mrcelo Álvarez as Gustavo III and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo III and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström, Keith Miller as Count Ribbing, and David Crawford as Count Horn in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Kathleen Kim as Oscar in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo III with Kathleen Kim as Oscar in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

A scene from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" with Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia. Photo Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

A scene from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" with David Crawford as Count Horn, Keith Miller as Count Ribbing, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström. Photo Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

A scene from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" with Kathleen Kim as Oscar and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström. Photo Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

A scene from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

A scene from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

A scene from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" with Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo III. Photo Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Stephanie Blythe as Madame Ulrica Arvidsson in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia and Stephanie Blythe as Madame Ulrica Arvidsson in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Stephanie Blythe as Madame Ulrica Arvidsson in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Photo Credit: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia and Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo III in Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera." Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera

Great Performances at the Met: Un Ballo in Maschera

A scene from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera" with Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia, Marcelo Álvarez as Gustavo III, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström. Photo Credit: Jonathan Tichler/Metropolitan Opera