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Un Ballo in Maschera

Un Ballo in Maschera

Story & Setting:

Un Ballo in Maschera centers on the assassination of King Gustavus III of Sweden, who was killed at a masked ball in Stockholm in 1792. Verdi’s opera suffered interference from censors (including the King of Naples), who objected to a royal assassination being portrayed on stage. Adapted settings for past productions of the opera have included everything from 17th-century Boston to 19th century Naples. The Met’s current production returns the action to its original Swedish setting, as it explores the intersection of the public and private lives of those in power.

Opera Notes:

Ballo is one of Verdi’s Middle Period operas, showing hints of the composer’s evolving musical style. It contains memorable and moving arias for all of its lead characters, as well as seamless transitions from solos to ensembles through extended scenes. This piece is Verdi’s only collaboration with librettist Antonio Somma.

Sung in



3 hours & 15 minutes

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)


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