Opera

Verdi's Un ballo in maschera

Ermanno Olmi (stage director), Riccardo Chailly (conductor) – With Massimiliano Pisapia (Riccardo), Franco Vassallo (Renato), Chiara Taigi (Amelia)

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Cast

Ermanno Olmi — Stage director

Arnaldo Pomodoro — Stage design, costumes

Massimiliano Pisapia — Riccardo

Franco Vassallo — Renato

Chiara Taigi — Amelia

Anna Maria Chiuri — Ulrica

Eun Yee You — Oscar

Leipzig Ballet

Chor der Oper Leipzig

Romano Gandolfi — Chorus director

Sören Eckhoff — Chorus director

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Riccardo Chailly

Program notes

On March 29, 1792, the king of Sweden Gustav III was assassinated during a masked ball at Stockholm’s Royal Opera as part of a plot designed by the Swedish nobility’s fear of losing their privileges. In 1859, Verdi created a new operatic version of the same story, this time set in the United States. Antonio Somma’s libretto took its inspiration from that of Eugène Scribe, set to music 20 years earlier by Daniel-François-Esprit Auber. The triumph of Un ballo in maschera arises not so much from its truthful retelling of the original story but rather from “the virtuosity with which Verdi integrates the vocabulary of opera buffa into a tragic story, by mixing in, among other things, obvious French influences and drawing as much on opéra-comique as on bel canto opera.” (Piotr Kaminski)  

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