Of all the Verdi roles in his repertoire, that of the ebullient hero of Un ballo in maschera is one that seems perfectly suited to Pavarotti, both vocally and dramatically. On the one hand, it combines gregariousness, public joviality and private intensity, and on the other, as Pavarotti has written in his 1981 book My Own Story, it offers the opportunity to display many different types of singing.
In a recent interview, James Levine spoke about his work with the Met orchestra, highlighting its strengths of drama and voice. No virtues could be more in demand in this middle-period Verdi, where the composer's mixture of comedy and tragedy, takes on a new, orchestrally driven significance.
With the Met production of Un ballo in maschera, Deutsche Grammophon initiates a new state-of-the-art DVD-Video concept making maximum use of what the format can offer.
Conductor - James Levine
Choir - Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Orchestra - Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Gustavo III - Luciano Pavarotti
Anckarström - Leo Nucci
Amelia - Aprile Millo
Ulrica - Florence Quivar
Oscar - Harolyn Blackwell
Christiano - Gordon Hawkins
Horn - Terry Cook
Ribbing - Jeffrey Wells