Black Laden Crown is the eleventh studio album, and the tenth of all-new original material, by American heavy metal band Danzig, scheduled for release on May 26, 2017. Black Laden Crown will be the band's first album of original material since Deth Red Sabaoth (2010), marking the longest gap between two studio albums in their career, as well as their first release with drummer Joey Castillo since I Luciferi (2002). The album took three years to complete, with the recording sessions beginning in February 2014. Black Laden Crown was recorded with four different drummers (Castillo, Johnny Kelly, Karl Rockfist and Dirk Verbeuren) while the bass parts were handled by Tommy Victor.
Who was Jesus of Nazareth? What was he like? For more than 2,000 years, people and groups of varying convictions have pondered these questions and done their best to answer them. The significance of the subject is apparent. From the late Roman Empire all the way to our own time, no continuously existing institution or belief system has wielded as much influence as Christianity, no figure as much as Jesus.
Passion, loyalty and political conspiracy are the three pillars of Un ballo in maschera (1859), the most operatic of all operas . Set in XIX century Boston, Mario Martone s athmospheric production for the Teatro Real in Madrid brings out all the innate theatricality and drama of Verdi s work. World famous Argentinean tenor Marcelo Álvarez in the role of Riccardo leads a fabulous cast including Lithuanian soprano Violeta Urmana as his love Amelia and Elena Zaremba playing the witch Ulrica. Jesús López Cobos conducts the Madrid Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a performance that shows the lyricism and grandeur of this beautiful work, which marries grand opera and opera comique features with Verdi's classical Italian opera tradition.