8, 12, 14, 19, 21, 25, 27, 29 June
16 June (matinee, audio-described service and touch tour available)
With the Young Artists Performance on 28 June
New production by Opera Holland Park
With the City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus
Political intrigue, illicit love and a baleful prophecy fuel Verdi’s 1859 opera, which was censored in the wake of the attempted assassination of Napoleon III. Based on the story of Gustav III, the Swedish king who was murdered during a masked ball, Un ballo in maschera sets a tense love triangle against the background of a murderous conspiracy. Reason and superstition vie for supremacy as Amelia struggles to remain faithful to her husband in an opera that was dubbed ‘Verdi’s Tristan’. Vivid choral writing – the closing hymn perhaps Verdi’s finest – and glittering dance music provide counterpoint to an intimate portrait of three people whose conflicted loyalties are tested in public and private.
Cast and Creatives
|Conductor||Matthew Kofi Waldren|
|Movement Director||Steve Elias|
|Amelia||Anne Sophie Duprels|
|Anckarström||George von Bergen|
|Madame Arvidson||Rosalind Plowright OBE|
Young Artists Performance on 28 June, conducted by Sonia Ben-Santamaria and directed by Rachael Hewer. Full cast to be announced soon.