What is it about Rossini operas that make them still hot tickets? Could it be those galloping orchestrals or heart-stopping vocal vaults? Or perhaps those preposterous story lines are needed distractions in a time of stress.
Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, currently at the Academy of Vocal Arts and locally toured is brought to its full Verdian power under the direction of Tito Capobianco and AVA conductor Christofer Macatsoris.
As we alternate between the roles of spectator and performer, we owe each other inspired work before taking the stage, the kind that lays weaknesses bare, but follows with a view into our capacity to accomplish unreal things.