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Verdi Un Ballo in Maschera

From 20 December TO 29 December 2021
Deutsche Oper - Berlin
Program

Verdi : Un Ballo in Maschera 135 mn

Sung in : Italian
Cast
  • Conductor
    Michelangelo Mazza
  • Director
    Götz Friedrich
  • Performers
    Riccardo (Gustave III): Yusif Eyvazov
    Amelia: Angela Meade
    Renato (Ankarstroem): Carlos Álvarez
    Ulrica (Arvidson): Judit Kutasi
    Oscar: Meechot Marrero
  • Venue Info
  • Seating Plan
  • Synopsis

Deutsche Oper - Berlin Location Bismarckstrasse 35 - 10627 Berlin Allemagne

  • Venue's Capacity: 1859

Contrary to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden which was founded in the eighteenth century in the centre of town and for a long time considered the Royal Opera, the history of the Berlin Opera began in 1912, in the Charlottenburg neighborhood situated outside the city limits, and intitiated by the rich bourgeoisie. But the inevitable occured, following the economic crisis of World War I, and the Charlottenburg Opera was ultimately purchased by the City of Berlin.

Bruno Walter greatly improved the musical qualities of this institution which was rebaptized the Städtische Oper (City Opera). Prior to that, Carl Ebert, as administrator (with Rudolf Bing, the future legendary director of the MET in New York, as assistant), promoted more modern music, including those operas by Kurt Weill or Schreker which Klemperer could no longer perform at the then-closed Kr oll-Oper, and which provoked the ire of the Nazis as early as 1933. In 1945, the building was left in ruins, but by the month of August 45, the company presented FIDELIO at the « Theater des Westerns » and animated that theatre until 1961. During this period, the conductor Ferenc Fricsay, named music director, enabled the Städtische Oper to regain its international ranking, alternating standard repertoire in top-quality productions (where voices such as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau or Josef Greindl were discovered), works by Stravinsky and Hindemith (who were banned by the Nazis), and world premieres. But in 1955, the Opera Unter den Linden, situated in East Germany, reopened under the name of the Deutsche Staatsoper. Under the influence of this politico-artistic competition, three decisions were made : the Städtische Oper was rebaptized the Deutsche Oper Berlin, plans were made to construct a theatre at the Charlottenburg site (situated in West Berlin), and Carl Ebert who, in the mean­time founded the Glyndebourne Festival, was called back. His productions and season programmes turned West Berlin into one of contemporary opera's main capitals.

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Synopsis

Un Ballo in Maschera

If you like your opera with a touch of politics then you will enjoy Le bal masqué. This opera was composed by Giuseppe Verdi with a libretto by Antonio Somma and was premiered in Rome in 1859. The opera is based on the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden, although the final version had to undergo several changes because of censorship and the tense political situation in France.

HISTORY
Le bal masqué revolves around political conspiracy and unrequited love; both strands becoming entwined.

Act 1
The long first act of Le bal masqué opens at the court of King Gustavo of Sweden; he is reviewing a list of guests for his masked ball. Gustavo is in love with Amelia, the wife of Count Anckarstrom and is happy to see that she is a guest. When the Count arrives he tries to warn the King of trouble in his kingdom but Gustavo will not listen. A magistrate asks King Gustavo to banish Madame Arvidson, a fortune teller accused of witchcraft but she is defended by Oscar, the King's page. To test the accusation the King calls upon his courtiers to disguise themselves ready to meet at her lodgings. Amelia arrives to see Madame Arvidson and the disguised King hides. From his hiding place he hears Amelia profess his love for him and the problems this is causing her. The fortune teller advises her to collect a magical herb. King Gustavo and his courtiers present themselves to the fortune teller and their fortunes are read. Madame Arvidson prophesies that the King will be killed by the next man to shake his hand, who turns out to be Count Anckarstrom.

Act 2
It is now the middle of the night and Amelia bravely visits the forest to pick her herbs. King Gustavo surprises her and they declare their love for each other; but suddenly the Count arrives and Amelia veils her face to hide from her husband. The Count tells the King that conspirators are looking for him and his life is in danger. As the King flees he asks Count Anckarstrom to escort the veiled lady back to the town. The Count has to fight the conspirators and in the struggle Amelia´s face is revealed. Count Anckarstrom immediately thinks the worst. He confers with the leaders of the conspiracy and they agree to meet the following day.

Act 3
Count Anckarstrom threatens to kill Amelia. She pleads her innocence and begs to see her son one more time. The Count relents and decides Gustavo must die instead. When the conspirators arrive they ask Amelia to draw lots to see who will kill the King and the Count is chosen. They decide that the masked ball, Le bal masqué, will be the perfect place for an assasination. At the ball the King is seen resolving to be strong and deciding to send Amelia and the Count away from court but the Count finds and stabs King Gustavo. As he lies dying he declares that Amelia did not break her marriage vows although he loves her. He bids farewell to his friends and his country and dies.

MAIN ROLES
Gustavo: King of Sweden.
Amelia: wife of Count Anckarstrom.
Count Ankarstrom: one of Gustavo's courtiers.
Oscar: Gustavo's page.
Madame Arvidson: a fortune teller, accused of witchcraft.

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