Un Ballo In Maschera, Royal Opera House, London

Flaws in the execution
By Edward Seckerson [The Independent, 21 November 2005]
The title page of the programme was discreetly etched with balloons. On the inside pages, greetings from the great and the good of classical music displayed an almost competitive enthusiasm. Sir Charles Mackerras – the musicians’ musician – is 80, and he chose to spend the evening of the big day in his rightful place, on the podium of the Royal Opera House, conducting Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera with an urgency that had nothing to do with the vanishing years and everything to do with dramatic imperative.