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

Un ballo in maschera


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
Duration: approx. 2h35 (with one intermission)

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
Costumes Designer Gian Maurizio Fercioni
Lighting Designer Caroline Champetier
Gustavo III Ramón Vargas
Comte Anckarström Franco Vassallo
Amelia Irina Churilova
Ulrica Judit Kutasi
Oscar Kerstin Avemo
Count Ribbing Günes Gürle
Count Horn Grigory Shkarupa
Cristiano Nicolas Carré
Amelia's servant Georgi Sredkov
A Judge Nauzet Valerón
Grand Théâtre Opera Chorus
Director Alan Woodbridge  
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande   

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Jun 2019
Tuesday 4 |  7:30 pm
Friday 7 |  7:30 pm
Tuesday 11 |  7:30 pm
Thursday 13 |  7:30 pm
Sunday 16 |  3 pm
Wednesday 19 |  7:30 pm

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Saturday 22 |  7:30 pm

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Performances at the Place de Neuve