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Un ballo in maschera

Un ballo in maschera

Opera in three acts, five scenes, in Italian, with Hungarian and English surtitles.


Gustavo III, King of Sweden: Attila Fekete

Renato Anckarström: Alexandru Agache

Amelia, Renato's wife: Eszter Sümegi

Ulrica: Bernadett Fodor

Oscar: Zita Szemere

Count Horn: Krisztián Cser

Count Ribbing: Ferenc Cserhalmi

Christiano: Máté Fülep

Judge / Amelia’s servant: Sándor Egri


Featuring: the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra and Choir (acting choirmaster: Gábor Csiki)


Libretto: Antonio Somma (after the work by Eugène Scribe)

Set: Tiziano Santi

Costumes: Giuseppe Palella

Lighting: Ferenc Stadler

Choreographer: Mattia Agatiello 

Dramaturgy: Eszter Orbán

Conductor: Michelangelo Mazza

Director: Fabio Ceresa


The subject of this work sparked Verdi's fiercest battle with the censor of Naples and, later on, of Rome. The original libretto treated an actual historical event: the 1792 regicide of a Swedish king. However, this proved too delicate a matter given the political situation of the day, and so in order to curry favour with the censor, the king was converted into an earl and the plot transplanted from Europe to the English North American colonies. After a few more minor alterations, the Roman censor allowed the staging of the work, which when the layer of political assassination is peeled away the plot, reveals a love story. Apart from the political discontent, the real stakes are over a marriage in need of saving. Lurking in the story's background are visceral emotions of unrequited love and blind jealousy that move the plot along.

Un ballo in maschera has not been performed at the Opera for 12 years. Now, it will be returning to the institution's repertoire in an interpretation brought to us by the young Italian director and competition-winner Fabio Ceresa.


The performance is not recommended for audiences under the age of 14.

An event jointly organized with Hungarian State Opera.


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