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GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET: Un Ballo In Maschera

A scene from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera."
Courtesy of Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
A scene from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera."

Airs Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 12 p.m. on KPBS TV

The Met’s new production of "Un Ballo in Maschera," Verdi's classic drama of political intrigue and thwarted romance, staged by acclaimed opera director David Alden and led by Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi, airs on GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET.

Some of the Met's leading Verdi stars take on the central roles in the opera's love triangle: Marcelo Álvarez as the ill-fated King Gustavo III; Dmitri Hvorostovsky as his best friend and eventual rival, Count Anckarström; and Sondra Radvanovsky as Amelia, Anckarström's wife and the object of the king's secret passion.

Kathleen Kim sings the coloratura role of Oscar, Gustavo's page, and Stephanie Blythe is Mme. Ulrica Arvidsson, a fortune-teller with ominous news for the king. Soprano Deborah Voigt hosts the transmission and conducts backstage interviews with the stars.

When the production debuted at the Met in November, the Associated Press hailed it as "An intriguing, fresh look at one of the essential works of the repertory,” while the Huffington Post sang the praises of "(a)n excellent cast who bring all the emotion, tenderness, and tension to a score that is both exciting and haunting.”

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"Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count Anckarström performs in "Un Ballo In Maschera" which airs Sunday