UN BALLO IN MASCHERA


Music Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto Antonio Somma
Conductor Jonathan Lyness
Director/Designer Richard Studer
West Green House Opera Orchestra
Leader Susanne Stanzeleit
Sung in Italian

Enigmatic, controversial and intensely absorbing, the history behind Verdi’s later-period work Un ballo in maschera is worthy of an opera in itself. Censored, rewritten and prey to political machinations and legal wranglings, the final version of the opera achieved immediate success for its fascinating plot, powerful characters and soaring, dramatic music.

Eugene Scribe’s original libretto, from which Somma derived his own libretto, describes the assassination in 1792 of King Gustav III of Sweden, who was shot while attending a masked ball as a result of a political conspiracy. Verdi’s opera was forced to undergo a number of transformations before becoming the Un ballo in maschera we know today, set not in Sweden but in Boston, Massachusetts.

This new production is set back in the opera’s Stockholm roots, with striking new ‘Swedish’ designs by Richard Studer and a fabulous cast that reunites Rebecca Nash and Jonathan Stoughton (from West Green’s Ariadne auf Naxos in 2015) in the roles of Amelia and Gustav III. George von Bergen returns to West Green as the betrayed husband and friend, Count Anckarström, and two young Russian singers join this superb line-up: Galina Averina as Anckarström’s young page Oscar and Maria Gulik as the local fortune-teller Madame Arvidson.

 


 

22 and 23 July 2017 (performances at 7.00pm) 
West Green House Opera, Hampshire
Box office: 01252 848676; for more information please visit West Green House Opera.