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Un ballo in mascheraNew production

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Erkel Színház (Erkel Theatre)II. János Pál pápa tér 30., Budapest, Central Hungary, H-1087, Hungary
April 21 19:00, April 22 19:00, April 26 19:00, April 27 19:00, April 28 11:00, April 29 11:00
Hungarian State Opera
Massimo ZanettiConductor
Fabio CeresaDirector
Tiziano SantiSet Designer
Giuseppe PalellaCostume Designer
Mykhailo MalafiiTenorRiccardo
Attila FeketeTenorRiccardo
Levente MolnárBaritoneRenato
Alexandru AgacheBaritoneRenato
Szilvia RálikSopranoAmelia
Eszter SümegiSopranoAmelia
Bernadett WiedemannMezzo-sopranoUlrica
Bernadett FodorMezzo-sopranoUlrica
Yolanda CovacinschiSopranoOscar
Helga NánásiSopranoOscar
Gábor GézaBassSamuel
Krisztián CserBassSamuel
András KőrösiBaritoneTom
Ferenc CserhalmiBassTom
Attila ErdösBassSilvano
Máté FülepBaritoneSilvano

The subject of this work sparked Verdi's fiercest battle with the censor of Naples and, later on, of Rome. The original libretto treated an actual historical event: the 1792 regicide of a Swedish king. However, this proved too delicate a matter given the political situation of the day, and so in order to curry favour with the censor, the king was converted into an earl and the plot transplanted from Europe to the English North American colonies. After a few more minor alterations, the Roman censor allowed the staging of the work, which when the layer of political assassination is peeled away the plot, reveals a love story. Apart from the political discontent, the real stakes are over a marriage in need of saving. Lurking in the story's background are visceral emotions of unrequited love and blind jealousy that move the plot along. 
Un ballo in maschera has not been performed at the Opera for 12 years. Now, it will be returning to the institution's repertoire in an interpretation brought to us by the young Italian director and competition-winner Fabio Ceresa.

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