The Royal Opera - Un Ballo in Maschera Reviews
4 June 2020
Joseph Calleja (Riccardo), Liudmyla Monastyrska (Amelia)
General scene
Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Renato), Liudmyla Monastyrska (Amelia), Jihoon Kim (Tom)
Marianne Cornetti (Ulrica), Chorus
Joseph Calleja (Riccardo), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Renato)

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Un Ballo in Maschera

The Royal Opera

No. of reviews: 13

Apart from the lovely singing there isn’t much going for this production
23 Jan 15 / A Younger Theatre
Ilicitudes verdianas
12 Jan 15 / Mundo Clásico (Spanish)
Too many ideas and fine performances fail to coalesce in this cemetery themed new production
29 Dec 14 / Planet Hugill
Despite many of the right ingredients this first night did not really gel
24 Dec 14 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Few new ideas, none of them interesting
22 Dec 14 / The Guardian
Calleja and Hvorostovsky light up an otherwise underwhelming Un ballo in maschera
22 Dec 14 / The Observer
Katharina Thoma’s new production is painfully feeble
22 Dec 14 / Financial Times (via Google)
The stench of mediocrity was inescapable in this production of Verdi's masterpiece
20 Dec 14 / Telegraph
The much-anticipated new production of Verdi's melodrama misses the mark
20 Dec 14 / What's on Stage
An evening when the sparks failed to fly
20 Dec 14 / Evening Standard
Verdi's opera is hampered by woefully hammy acting
20 Dec 14 / Independent
An idiosyncratic version of Verdi’s A Masked Ball that misses its target
20 Dec 14 / The Stage
Big voices are what’s needed if it’s Verdi rather than Johann Strauss II
20 Dec 14 / The Arts Desk
Production details
Calleja, Hvorostovsky, Monastyrska, Cornetti, Gamberoni/Fagan, Johnson, Sivko, Kim, Sakker
(c) Oren (d) Thoma
Performance dates
18, 22, 30 December 2014, 2, 6, 13, 17 January 2015
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