16 Sep 2018

VERDI: Un Ballo in Maschera

From Opera on Sunday, 6:00 pm on 16 September 2018

A timeless tale of power, passion and political plotting

A scene from Un ballo in maschera at Opera North

A scene from Un ballo in maschera at Opera North Photo: CLIVE BARDA/ArenaPAL

Sunday 16 September at 6.00pm on RNZ Concert

At the heart of Un ballo in maschera is a tragic love triangle and ultimately, a lethal vendetta.

This intense opera is inspired by the real-life assassination of King Gustavus of Sweden in 1792. Gustavus secretly loves Amelia, the wife of his most loyal ally, Anckarström. When Anckarström discovers the affair, he joins a plot against Gustavus which culminates in a murderous masked ball.

A scene from Un ballo in maschera at Opera North

A scene from Un ballo in maschera at Opera North Photo: CLIVE BARDA/ArenaPAL

Dramatic arias jostle with tense ensembles and rousing choruses, and at the heart of the piece is one of Verdi’s most impassioned love duets.

Phillip Rhodes in Un ballo in maschera at Opera North

Phillip Rhodes in Un ballo in maschera at Opera North Photo: CLIVE BARDA/ArenaPAL

Gustavo....................... Rafael Rojas

Amelia......................... Adrienn Miksch

Count Anckarström..... Phillip Rhodes

Count Ribbing............. Dean Robinson

Count Horn.................. Stephen Richardson

Oscar........................... Tereza Gevorgyan

Chief Justice................ Ivan Sharpe

Ulrica Arvidson........... Patricia Bardon

Cristiano...................... Richard Mosley-Evans

Amelia’s Servant........ Stuart Laing

Opera North Chorus and Orchestra/Richard Farnes

VERDI: Un Ballo in Maschera

Recorded Leeds (BBC, WFMT)

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