From the Teatro Regio di Parma: "Un ballo in maschera" (A Masked Ball) by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). Conductor: Gianluigi Gelmetti - Stage director: Massimo Gasparon (after Pierluigi Samaritani). With Francesco Meli (Riccardo), Vladimir Stoyanov (Renato), Kristin Lewis (Amelia), Elisabetta Fiorillo (Ulrica), Serena Gamberoni (Oscar), Filippo Polinelli (Silvano), Antonio Barbagallo (Samuel), Enrico Rinaldo (Tom). Boston, late 17th Century. A group of conspirators plans to overthrow governor Riccardo. He is having an affair with Amelia, the wife of his confidant and secretary Renato. When the secret is revealed, Renato joins the conspirators... The music of "A Masked Ball" counts among the best Verdi ever wrote for the operatic stage.