Un ballo in maschera | Welsh National Opera

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Saturday, February 9, 2019 - Wednesday, April 24, 2019

New Production

Love, power and politics collide in Un ballo in maschera – based on the real life assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden who was shot at a masked ball in 1792. Riccardo (Gustav) adores Amelia, but when her husband discovers their love affair, he plots against the king, leading to murder on the dancefloor. Gwyn Hughes Jones leads the cast as Riccardo in this tale of deception, intrigue, love and revenge.

The score is one of Verdi’s most intense, providing the musical passion that drives this thrilling new production. WNO Artistic Director David Pountney reunites with WNO Conductor Laureate Carlo Rizzi* and the same creative team behind La forza del destino for the second part of our Verdi Trilogy.

Sung in Italian with surtitles in English (and Welsh in Cardiff and Llandudno)

Co-production with Theater Bonn

Patron of the Verdi Trilogy: His Excellency The Italian Ambassador

Supported by WNO Verdi Syndicate

*Carlo Rizzi conducting in Cardiff and Birmingham only



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Director David Pountney
Conductor Carlo Rizzi (Cardiff & Birmingham only)
Choreographer Michael Spenceley  
Set Designer Raimund Bauer
Costume Designer Marie Jeanne Lecca
Lighting Designer Fabrice Kebour

Riccardo Gwyn Hughes Jones
Amelia Mary Elizabeth Williams
Renato Roland Wood
Oscar Julie Martin du Theil
UlricaSara Fulgoni