Washington National Opera: Un Ballo in Maschera
Saturday, September 11, 2010 - Saturday, September 25, 2010

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Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera
Libretto by Antonio Somma

Even a king should not dare to love his best friend's wife. Ignoring warnings that his life could be in danger, Gustavus, King of Sweden, foolishly goes to a masked ball that becomes a sinister dance with death. This powerful story of forbidden love and revenge will keep audiences enthralled. Ballo is opera at its grandest, with soaring arias, gorgeous ensembles, fabulous costumes, and lavish sets. In this masterpiece, Verdi created three of the greatest roles in Italian opera and a rich musical tapestry of light and darkness, comedy and tragedy.

The all-star cast includes tenors Salvatore Licitra and Frank Porretta, who share the role of the ebullient and passionate King Gustavus III. Sopranos Tamara Wilson and Iréne Theorin portray the innocent wife Amelia with Luca Salsi and Timothy Mix sharing the role of Count Anckarström, her betrayed husband and Gustavus' trusted friend. Mezzo-soprano Elena Manistina sings the pivotal role of the fortune teller Mam'zelle Arvidson. Conductor Daniele Callegari and director James Robinson make their WNO debuts in this stunning production from Opera Colorado.

Performed in Italian with English supertitles.
Supertitles may not be visible from the rear of the orchestra; please contact WNO Audiences Services at (202) 295-2400 for further information.

The performance runs approximately 2 hours, 50 minutes, with two 20-minute intermissions.
PLEASE NOTE: Late seating is not permitted during the performance. Monitors are available outside of the Opera House for late arrivals to view the opera. Patrons may take their seats during the first intermission. Please plan travel carefully and allow extra time for traffic, parking, and walking to the Opera House.

O-Zone Lecture: Free pre-performance lecture in the Opera House - Thu., Sep. 16 at 6:15 p.m.
Patrons must present a ticket or stub from any performance of this production.

Artist Q&A follows the matinee performance: Sun., Sep. 19.


  • Salvatore Licitra - King Gustavus Iii (Sep 11, 14, 17, 19M, 22, 25)
  • Frank Porretta - King Gustavus Iii (Sep 16, 20)
  • Luca Salsi - Count Anckarström (Sep 11, 14, 17, 19M, 22, 25)
  • Timothy Mix - Count Anckarström (Sep 16, 20)
  • Tamara Wilson - Amelia (Sep 11, 14, 17, 19M)
  • Susan Neves - Amelia (Sep 16, 20)
  • Micaëla Oeste - Oscar (Sep 11, 14, 17, 19M, 22, 25)
  • Monica Yunus - Oscar (Sep 16, 20)
  • Daniele Callegari - Conductor
  • James Robinson - Director
  • Allen Moyer - Set Design

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