The exciting drama «Masked Ball» by Giuseppe Verdi about jealousy and revenge was a new reading staged by renowned opera director David Alden. According to Alden, the opera was «slightly otherworldly, like a fairy tale or a dream», similar «to the film noir». Alden says, «Masked Ball» is one of the greatest scores of Verdi, complete a variety of colors that range from light comedy to intense melodrama. “The Ball is a theatrical bomb.»
One of the leading roles in the opera performed by the world-renowned Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Ankarstrem). In the opera sing other world stars, including tenor Marcelo Alvarez, soprano Sondra Radvanovsky, contralto Stephanie Blythe and Kathleen Kim.
Met is one of the most famous sites in the world of opera. Each broadcast of the seventh season The Met: Live in HD are more than 1900 cinemas worldwide. At one and the same time, more than 200,000 people watch the same setting of the Metropolitan Opera in 64 countries.
“Broadcast of our performances continue to change the public’s view of the opera and delight our artists and audiences around the world“, says Metropolitan Opera CEO Peter Gelb.
During the live broadcast of the opera retains the magic of live theater and simultaneously acquires all the advantages of film — close-ups, unexpected angles, subtle nuances of attitudes and gestures. The concept allows the shooting clearly show the general idea of setting, to focus attention on the main. Only viewers live broadcasts from the Met at intermission can see what is going on behind the scenes of the great theater, watch an interview with the artists and creators of the performances.