Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) is an 1859 opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The text, by Antonio Somma, was based on Eugène Scribe's libretto for Daniel Auber's 1833 five act opera, Gustave III, ou Le bal masqué.
The plot concerns the assassination in 1792 of King Gustav III of Sweden who was shot, as the result of a political conspiracy, while attending a masked ball, dying of his wounds thirteen days later.
It was to take over two years between the commission from Naples, planned for a production there, and its premiere performance at the Teatro Apollo in Rome on 17 February 1859. In becoming the Un ballo in maschera which we know today, Verdi's opera (and his libretto) underwent a significant series of transformations and title changes, caused by a combination of censorship regulations in both Naples and Rome, as well as by the political situation in France in January 1858. Based on the Scribe libretto and begun as Gustavo III set in Stockholm, it became Una vendetta in domino set in Stettin, and finally Un ballo in maschera set in Boston during the colonial era. It became one of the most frustrating experiences of Verdi's career.
Performances & Interviews
- Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera - Opera Guidehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01v1dxl.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01v1dxl.jpg2014-03-14T10:17:00.000ZA guide to Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera featuring the voices of opera historians.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01v1f3r
Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera - Opera GuideA guide to Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera featuring the voices of opera historians.
- Verdi: Un Ballo In Mascherahttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01sgynw.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01sgynw.jpg2014-02-18T14:54:00.000ZRoger Parker recommends a version from the available recordings of Verdi's opera, Un Ballo In Maschera.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01sgyp5
Verdi: Un Ballo In MascheraRoger Parker recommends a version from the available recordings of Verdi's opera, Un Ballo In Maschera.