Burton D. Fisher's A Masked Ball: Opera Journeys Mini Guide Series PDF

By Burton D. Fisher

ISBN-10: 0585427496

ISBN-13: 9780585427492

ISBN-10: 1930841256

ISBN-13: 9781930841253

A handy and entire pocket-sized advisor to Verdi's A MASKED BALL consisting of the tale SYNOPSIS, relevant CHARACTERS within the opera, tale NARRATIVE with ONE-BAR song spotlight EXAMPLES, and an ESSAY offering history concerning the opera and its composer, research, and insighful statement.

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The somber mood quickly changes when the incognito Gustav receives Ulrica’s fatal prediction, the king immediately relieving the tension by laughing away her prophesy: È scherzo od è follia. ” In Act II, Gustav meets Amelia at the ominous execution fields outside Stockholm where she has gone to find the curative herb. ” Amelia, equally unable to control herself, surrenders, confessing that she indeed loves the king. The lovers explode into ecstatic rapture: O qual soave brivido, “Oh. ” Gustav and Amelia have become victims of their uncontrollable yearnings and desires, both admitting that they are acting with moral weakness; both failing to control their passions; and both defying conscience and reason.

A Masked Ball Page 31 Verdi exploits Amckarström’s anguish in one of the most dramatic moments in the opera: his Act III aria, Eri tu, “It is you who have stained my soul,” Anckarström’s crossover into darkness. Anckarström, bewildered and tormented, is overcome by passions that compel him toward mortal revenge against his king and former friend: he explodes into deadly passion with outbursts expressing the dark side of hatred, while at the same time, looking back nostalgically towards the light of a loving friendship.

But Anckarström becomes transformed by uncontrollable events that awaken him to menace and danger. His discovery of betrayal casts a dark shadow over his life: he becomes vindictive and vengeful man, his love for both wife and king transforming into hate and retribution. A Masked Ball Page 31 Verdi exploits Amckarström’s anguish in one of the most dramatic moments in the opera: his Act III aria, Eri tu, “It is you who have stained my soul,” Anckarström’s crossover into darkness. Anckarström, bewildered and tormented, is overcome by passions that compel him toward mortal revenge against his king and former friend: he explodes into deadly passion with outbursts expressing the dark side of hatred, while at the same time, looking back nostalgically towards the light of a loving friendship.

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