a masked ball

Giuseppe Verdi

Opéra Bastille - from 16 January to 10 February 2018

Un ballo in maschera

Opera in three acts

Music
Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto
Antonio Somma

After Eugène Scribe, Gustave III ou le Bal masqué
In Italian

Conductor
Bertrand de Billy
Director
Gilbert Deflo
Riccardo
Piero Pretti
Renato
Simone Piazzola
Amelia
Sondra Radvanovsky
Ulrica
Varduhi Abrahamyan
Oscar
Nina Minasyan
Silvano
Mikhail Timoshenko
Samuel
Marko Mimica
Tom
Thomas Dear
Giudice
Vincent Morell
Servo d'Amelia
Hyoung-Min Oh
Set design
William Orlandi
Costume design
William Orlandi
Lighting design
Joël Hourbeigt
Choreography
Micha Van Hoecke
Chorus master
José Luis Basso

Orchestre et Choeurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
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In the confusion of masks, the blow can only be fatal;it will be a funeral dance with pale beauties

- Samuel et Tom, Acte III, scène 4

When he composed Un ballo in maschera, Verdi already had numerous masterpieces to his name. He now aspired to new and extremel bold subjects.
History was to supply him with a subject this time: the assassination of the King of Sweden, Gustave III, in 1792 at a masked ball. In Naples, however, censorship was the order of the day: one could not assassinate a king on stage and the composer found himself obliged to transpose his ball to Boston at the end of the 17th century. This opera combines politics with passion: it is his love for a woman, his jealousy and folly that guide Renato’s hand as he stabs his friend Riccardo… The director Gilbert Deflo retains the American setting for this drama but places the action at the time of the work’s composition, in a universe of chiaroscuro in which monumental sets predominate.

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