Determined to find a husband for his beautiful daughter, Isabeau, King Raimondo organises a ‘Tournament of Love’ in her honour. Knights from around the country assemble to demonstrate their affection for the young Princess. But, to the King’s dismay, Isabeau refuses to choose a suitor.
As punishment the King forces Isabeau to ride naked on horseback through the town. While the people refuse to look, Folco, the King’s falconer, accidentally glimpses her and is arrested. Visiting Folco in prison, Isabeau falls in love with him, a passion which is doomed.
Written to a libretto by Luigi Illica, Mascagni’s collaborator on Iris, this adaptation of the medieval legend of Lady Godiva fuses the suspense and violence of Cavalleria Rusticana with delirious Wagnerian harmonies and an Intermezzo rich with the sound of bells.
Sat 14 – Sat 28 July 2018
A new production by Opera Holland Park
Co-produced with New York City Opera
Italian libretto by Luigi Illica
Surtitles in English
With the City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus
Founded in 1996, Opera Holland Park is an opera company with a unique voice. Based in Kensington, we present a summer opera festival of fully staged productions in one of the most beautiful parks in the Capital.
Opera Holland Park is aware of the #BlackOutTuesday movement among parts of the music industry that began to gather pace yesterday. We are individually and as a company committed to equality and we understand the desire of the music industry to make a strong statement about this issue. We will therefore now broadcast Un ballo in maschera on Wednesday 3 June at 7.30pm instead of this evening.