A Masked Ball. The words alone create notions of mystery, intrigue, and romance. Verdi’s powerful opera, Un Ballo in Maschera contains all of that and more. It is one of the most gripping tales in opera: A tragic love triangle, a sinister conspiracy, jealousy, betrayal, guilt, and forgiveness are woven together with lighter moments that provide some relief, in the manner of a Shakespearean tragedy. King Gustavo, falls in love with Amelia, his best friend’s wife. They resist impropriety and the King decides to send her and her husband away to resist temptation. However, the husband, Anckarström, thinks the King and his wife are lovers so in a jealous rage joins a murderous conspiracy. The evil act is done at a masked ball in an incredibly moving finale that conjures up a surprise ending. Musically, this is one of Verdi’s most lyrical, sophisticated operas. For political reasons, Verdi was forced to change names and places - to protect the guilty- but our production restores the composer’s original intentions. The result is a timeless story with unforgettable music, making this one of the top 20 most popular operas of all time.
Join us for our Opening Night Gala!
March 10, 2018
4:00 pm at Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard in Downtown Livermore
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Opera Director Daniel Helfgot's credits include well over 200 productions of over 100 operas, operettas, and zarzuelas from the Baroque to several world premieres. International credits include shows in Argentina, Albania, Austria, Canada, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Mexico, Panama, and Sweden. Extended work includes Israel, Italy, San Francisco Opera, and France. In the US he has directed for such companies as Baltimore, Billings, Festival Opera, West Bay, Sacramento, San José, and Livermore (CA), Eugene, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Memphis (TN), Orlando, Shreveport, Pennsylvania Festival, Spring Opera and Western Opera of San Francisco, Utah Opera, Utah Festival, Virginia Opera, etc.
Christopher Bengochea as Gustavo