Un ballo in maschera

Giuseppe Verdi

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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
Director Rodula Gaitanou
Designer takis
Movement Director Steve Elias
Gustavo Matteo Lippi
Amelia Anne Sophie Duprels
Anckarström George von Bergen
Oscar Alison Langer
Madame Arvidson Rosalind Plowright OBE
Ribbing Eddie Wade
Horn John Savournin
Cristiano Ross Ramgobin


Young Artists Performance on 28 June, conducted by Sonia Ben-Santamaria and directed by Rachael Hewer. Full cast to be announced soon.


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