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Un ballo in maschera
4 > 22 June 2019
Opera
Grand Théâtre de Genève

Un ballo in maschera

GUSTAVE III VERSION

Opera in 3 acts by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Antonio Somma based on Eugène Scribe's Gustave III, ou Le bal masqué. Premiered at the Teatro Apollo in Rome on 17 February 1859.

New production

Sung in Italian with English and French surtitles

Giuseppe Verdi, regularly featured on the Geneva stage, will conclude the 18-19 season, with a work directly inspired by the assassination of Gustave III, King of Sweden, at a masked ball in 1792. The work was only performed thanks to Verdi’s tenacity, after having been censured and rewritten many times. It is an opera that wavers between happiness and despair, between passion and drama. The dark images of the soul worm their way into a setting of shining happiness, where a rapid recital full of contrasts, plays on the sombre and the fantastic, the comical and the light-hearted. On the ballroom floor, the masks fall in a universe where plots, eroticism and death are all intertwined. As a transition work, Un ballo in maschera is a spectacular hybrid opera, private, historical and somehow phantasmagorical, evoking memories of Grand Opera, but also revealing another Verdi. A sorceress in the Azucena tradition, a mischievous page, harbinger (despite himself) of destiny, Amelia, torn between her passions and her conjugal duty, and Renato, her husband, who believes that his honour has been flouted and so kills his best friend, all engulf you in a story that opens the door to Verdi’s mature masterpieces.

Musical Director Pinchas Steinberg
Stage Director Giancarlo del Monaco
Set Designer Richard Peduzzi
   
Gustavo III Ramon Vargas
Comte Anckarström Franco Vassallo
Amelia Irina Churilova
Ulrica Arfvidsson Judit Kutasi
Oscar Kerstin Avemo
Comte Ribbing Günes Gürle
   
Grand Théâtre Opera Chorus
Director Alan Woodbridge  
 
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande   

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Jun 2019
Tuesday 4 |  7:30 pm
Tickets Fr. 15.- to Fr. 242.-
Friday 7 |  7:30 pm
Tickets Fr. 15.- to Fr. 289.-
Tuesday 11 |  7:30 pm
Tickets Fr. 15.- to Fr. 242.-
Thursday 13 |  7:30 pm
Tickets Fr. 15.- to Fr. 289.-
Sunday 16 |  3 pm
Tickets Fr. 15.- to Fr. 289.-
Wednesday 19 |  7:30 pm
Tickets Fr. 15.- to Fr. 289.-

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Saturday 22 |  7:30 pm
Tickets Fr. 15.- to Fr. 289.-

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Performances at the Place de Neuve