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Allan Altman
American Record Guide, September 2017

Johannes Erath brings many insights to his direction of the 2016 Bavarian Opera production.

Piotr Beczala is one of the best tenors around, and the role of the Count is a perfect fit. What a treat to hear him manage Riccardo’s nimble turns with such elegance. The rest of the cast, including the compelling singing actress Anja Harteros, are all good, but on a different level than the vocal splendor heard in the 1975 performance. The Bavarian Opera orchestra is outstanding and they play beautifully under Zubin Mehta. In line with the mood of the production, the tempos tend to be measured, and Mehta eschews the Italianate propulsion one expects in Verdi. © 2017 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Eric Myers
Opera News, July 2017

[Anja Harteros’] performance…is vivid and touching, thoroughly alive to the emotional moment. Her “Morro, ma prima in grazia” is a highlight, hushed and humbled.

Russian soprano Sofia Fomina’s…sweet voice crests beautifully over the ensembles, and her arias are a delight.

It’s telling that two of the most memorable performances are from the Sam and Tom (Anatoli Sivko and Scott Conner), who in most productions are cast aside. These two pencil-thin, white-carnation-wearing, top-hatted fellows appear to have stepped out of a haunted vaudeville show. Often moving in unison, they are an arresting pair. © 2017 Opera News Read complete review

Janos Gardonyi
The WholeNote, May 2017

The Staatsoper selected a dream cast as this opera requires the highest order of singers. Young Polish tenor Piotr Beczała, in love with his best friend’s wife but also guilt-ridden, is vocally and visually radiant in the role of Governor Riccardo. Amelia, the wife, tormented and in a conflict that threatens to tear her apart, is German soprano Anja Harteros, her dark-hued voice full of intensity. The wronged husband Renato, one of Verdi’s most inspired creations, is George Petean who perhaps lacks the expected aristocratic bearing but his strong, heroic and heart-rending baritone completes this exemplary trio of principals. Even the lesser roles: Sofia Fomina (Oscar) and Okka von der Damerau (Ulrica) store wonderful surprises and, to top it all, Zubin Mehta’s masterly handling of the score makes this production truly memorable. © 2017 The WholeNote Read complete review

Robert Benson, May 2017

George Petean is excellent as Renato, Okka von der Damerau is a rich Ulrica, and soprano Sofia Fomina tosses off Oscar with the greatest of ease. …Check this one out, even if just for the singing. © 2017 Read complete review

Mike Ashman
Gramophone, May 2017

VERDI, G.: Ballo in maschera (Un) [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2016) (NTSC) 739408
VERDI, G.: Ballo in maschera (Un) [Opera] (Bavarian State Opera, 2016) (Blu-ray, HD) 739504

Musically things are more than fine. Beczała pulls off this one hell of a tenor role…with style and confidence. Harteros gives her usual tightly focused emotional performance. Petean is triumphantly consistent despite being faced with many of the production’s non-realistic situations in which to act. And with Maestro Mehta’s spacious tempos for his arias… With good sound and helpful shot selection the release is strongly recommended. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Lark Reviews, April 2017

This production, recorded a year ago, is set in the 1930s with a sense of inter-war decadence to it which proves convincing, enabling the disparate elements to gel in a convincing way. It is well sung throughout and was extremely well received when first seen in Vienna. It is so good these days that an unusual presentation can be released so soon after the original staging and while the singers are still very much with us for the performance to be still in the repertoire. © 2017 Lark Reviews

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