August 14, 2023

‘Un ballo in maschera’ is BBC Music Magazine’s Opera Choice

“Verdi with dynamic drama and delicacy.” 

Un ballo in maschera, performed by maestro Marek Janowski, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Transylvania State Philharmonic Choir, together with a stellar cast, headed by Freddie De Tommaso, Lester Lynch and Saioa Hernández, received an outstanding 5-star review and has been selected as the Opera Choice in the September issue of BBC Music Magazine!

The British-Italian tenor Freddie de Tommaso is the star attraction on this new recording of Verdi’s tale of amorous intrigue. Tommaso made headlines when he was asked to step in mid-performance as Cavaradossi at Covent Garden a couple of years ago, becoming the youngest tenor and the first British singer to sing the role there in 60 years. Two solo recital albums later, this marks a first step in recording complete works.

The Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo under Marek Janowski plays with delicacy in the Act I prelude, dynamism in the prelude to Act II and drama in the gunshot-like chords at the beginning of the scene in Ulrica’s cave. ‘Sit back and enjoy’ is the slogan emblazoned on the back of the attractively packaged bilingual libretto. I’d place good money on the fact that you will.

Alexandra Wilson

Read the full review HERE.