A Masked Ball. The words alone create notions of mystery, intrigue and romance. Verdi’s powerful opera, Un Ballo in Maschera, contains all of those and more. Originally about the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden, Verdi had to reset the opera in in Boston, Massachusetts, and change the names of characters, due to censorship. Now, however, the original setting and characters have been returned. In the story, the King loves the wife of his best friend, unaware that she returns his love. Her husband discovers their love, and believes that he has been cuckholded. To get revenge, he joins conspirators who also want to kill the King. He kills the King at a masked ball, never realizing until too late that the King and his wife are innocent of any wrongdoing. Musical highlights include a contralto fortune teller, outstanding mature orchestration reflecting the themes of betrayal, guilt and revenge, and the use of repeated melodies and motifs for love and revenge. The lesson learned: things are not always what they seem.
Season tickets will be available at the end of April, and individuals seats will be available to buy in June.