Un ballo in maschera

Giuseppe Verdi based 'Un Ballo in Maschera' on a play by Eugène Scribe about the Swedish King Gustav III who was murdered during a masked ball in 1792. This libretto was censored and Verdi had to change it to his great annoyance. Despite the numerous adjustments 'Un Ballo' is a compelling and dark drama about illicit love, fortune telling, betrayal and the murder of a king. Opera Zuid stages the opera in the uncensored Swedish version. Sung in Italian, Dutch surtitles.

music: Giuseppe Verdi, libretto: Antonio Somma, musical accompaniment: Philharmonie zuidnederland conducted by Karel Deseure, photo: Hugo Segers, www.operazuid.nl

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