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Un ballo in mascheraNew Production

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Theatre Royal100 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, North-East, NE1 6BR, United Kingdom
On Saturday 24 March 2018 at 19:00
Opera North
Richard FarnesConductor
Tim AlberyDirector
Hannah ClarkSet Designer, Costume Designer
Rafael RojasTenorGustavo, King of Sweden
Phillip RhodesBaritoneCount Anckarström
Adrienn MikschSopranoAmelia
Patricia BardonMezzo-sopranoMadame Arvidson
Tereza GevorgyanSopranoOscar
Dean RobinsonBassCount Ribbing
Stephen RichardsonBassCount Horn
Richard Mosley-EvansBaritoneCristiano
Chorus of Opera North
Orchestra of Opera North

A timeless tale of power, passion and political plotting, at the heart of which is a tragic love triangle.

Based on an actual historical event: the assassination of King Gustavus of Sweden in 1792. Gustavo loves Amelia, wife of his most loyal ally Anckarstroem. Although the King eventually decides that duty must conquer love, it is too late to prevent Anckarstroem from joining a conspiracy against his life. 

Verdi displays all his mastery of his art in this, the most operatic of operas. Dramatic arias jostle with tense ensembles and rousing choruses, and at the heart of the piece is one of the composer's most impassioned love duets.

Former Music Director Richard Farnes returns to the Company for the first time since he led Opera North’s legendary Ring cycle in 2016 to conduct a new production by Tim Albery that promises to be a highlight of the season.

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