Ballo 5

ABC TV has been broadcasting last year’s Opera Australia recordings, though with remarkably little publicity. Last week I saw most of Don Pasquale, which I missed last year owing to a trip to China.

Today I caught A Masked Ball.

The video version included some footage which could never have been seen by the audience (since it was from micro cameras carried by cast members or mounted on bits of the set).

Some of the more topical bits of the production (the “Occupy” “Joker” face) already seemed a bit dated, but over all I thought the production, and especially the performances, stood up really well, which is not always the case with recordings of things which one has enjoyed live (1, 2, 3 & 4).

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