Opera

Verdi's Un ballo in maschera

Rafael R. Villalobos (stage director), Antonino Fogliani (conductor) — With Francesco Meli (Riccardo), Anna Pirozzi (Amelia), Franco Vassallo (Renato) …

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Cast

Rafael R. Villalobos — Stage director

Emanuele Sinisi — Set designer

Lorenzo Caprile — Costume designer

Felipe Ramos — Lighting

Francesco Meli — Riccardo

Anna Pirozzi — Amelia

Franco Vassallo — Renato

Marina Monzó — Oscar

Agnieszka Rehlis — Ulrica

Toni Marsol — Silvano

Thomas Viñals — Un servo d'Amelia

Irakli Pkhaladze — Samuel

Javier Castañeda — Tom

Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana

Francesc Perales — Chorus director

Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana

Program notes

Un ballo in maschera, Verdi's celebrated retelling of the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden—eventually transposed to Boston, owing both to Italian censors and a fraught political climate in France—takes place "somewhere between Sweden and Boston" in a stunning new production from Valencia's grand Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, the tallest opera house in the world. Leading Verdian tenor Francesco Meli shines as Riccardo (the governor of Boston, a stand-in for Gustave), whose love for Amelia (coloratura soprano Anna Pirozzi)—the wife of his best friend and confidant Renato (Franco Vassallo)—threatens to bring about a deadly revenge plot at a masked ball… With conductor Antonino Fogliani leading the excellent Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, this brand-new staging by exciting young director Rafael R. Villalobos is the perfect way to experience one of Verdi's greatest operas.

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