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Un ballo in mascheraNew production

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Holland Park TheatreHolland Park, London, Greater London, W8 6LU, United Kingdom
June 08, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 25, 27, 29 at 19:30
Festival: Opera Holland Park
Performers
Opera Holland Park
Matthew Kofi WaldrenConductor
Rodula GaitanouDirector
Matteo LippiTenorGustavo, King of Sweden
Anne-Sophie DuprelsSopranoAmelia
George von BergenBaritoneCount Anckarström
Rosalind PlowrightMezzo-sopranoMadame Arvidson
Alison LangerSopranoOscar
John SavourninBaritoneCount Horn
Benjamin BevanBaritoneCount Ribbing
Ross RamgobinBaritoneCristiano
Opera Holland Park Chorus
City of London Sinfonia

Censored in the wake of the attempted assassination of Napoleon III and based on the story of Gustav III, the Swedish king who was murdered during a masked ball, Un ballo in maschera sets a tense love triangle against the background of a murderous conspiracy. Reason and superstition vie for supremacy as Amelia struggles to remain faithful to her husband in an opera that was dubbed ‘Verdi’s Tristan’. Vivid choral writing – the closing hymn perhaps Verdi’s finest – and glittering dance music provide counterpoint to an intimate portrait of three people whose conflicted loyalties are tested in public and private.

Anne Sophie Duprels (Amelia) and Matteo Lippi (Gustavo) © Ali Wright
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