Magazine article Opera Canada

Un Ballo in Maschera. (Opera in Review: Ottawa)

Magazine article Opera Canada

Un Ballo in Maschera. (Opera in Review: Ottawa)

Article excerpt

The final production for Opera Lyra Ottawa's season was Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. The company used sets by Peter Dean Beck (for Atlanta Opera) that put the action in 17th-century Boston, Verdi's alternate setting for its Rome premiere in 1860.

There was a sense of gravitas and monumentality to this production. This was significantly reinforced by the use of a raked stage with heavy timber beams for both the interiors and exteriors as well as soft, golden lighting and rich costumes (complemented by extravagant filigreed masks in the final ball scene).

The cast was excellent. Asian tenor Warren Mok (Riccardo) generated a strong presence from the beginning, which gained in purpose and authority as the opera progressed. His robust, clear tenor (with a touch of baritonal darkness) suited the role perfectly. Quebec's Gaetan Laperriere (Renato) had the most melodious voice of the cast Canadian soprano Barbara Livingston (Amelia) sang with conviction and a firm, fine line, but could have been more expressive and convincing as a tragic heroine. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.