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Forbidden passion, intrigue, murderous revenge…it all makes for a lovely evening in this brand-new production of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera (A masked ball). A controversial story of Verdi’s time, this opera, with its spectacular arias and exhilarating choral ensembles, is considered by some to be his finest work.

Music by Giuseppe Verdi

Libretto by Antonio Somma after Eugene Scribe’s libretto Gustave III, ou Le bal masqué

This is a co-production with Opera Colorado and the Minnesota Opera Company.

Performances are sung in Italian with projected English translation.


Gustavus III: Julian Gavin*, tenor

Captain Anckarstrom: Chen-Ye Yuan*, baritone

Amelia: Doina Dimitriu*, soprano

Oscar: Heidi Stober, soprano

Mam’zelle Arvidson: Nancy Maultsby*, mezzo-soprano

Ribbing: David Cushing, bass

Horn: Michael Callas, bass

Christian: Brian Dore, baritone

Chief Magistrate: Joseph Holmes, tenor

Amelia’s Servant: Brent Matthew Wilson, tenor


Conductor: Stephen Lord

Stage Director: James Robinson

Set Designer: Allen Moyer

Costume Designer: James Schuette*

*BLO debut

About the Ticket Supplier: Boston Lyric Opera

Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) is New England’s most popular opera company. Founded in 1976, BLO is recognized for its artistically excellent productions of a diverse repertoire that entertain and inspire audiences and which feature emerging operatic talent. Its mainstage productions at The Citi Shubert Theatre, live broadcasts on WGBH radio and its traveling production of a fully staged, one-hour English version of a popular opera for schools and families reach some 200,000 people a year.