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Un Ballo in Maschera
About the performance

In 1857 Giuseppe Verdi received a proposal from the Theatre of San Carlo in Naples. The composer longed to create an opera based on Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear. However, the theatre could not invite the singers who, according to Verdi, would be able to realise his conception. So, Un Ballo in Maschera was a compromise. An effective plot about the murder of Swedish King Gustave III had already been tested with the audience: in 1833 Daniel Auber created an opera from the libretto by Eugène Scribe, a French dramaturg, which was based on the same story. The cast also was suitable for a typical troupe of an Italian opera theatre.

The story has all the necessary qualities to compel public attention. There is a twisting plot that draws a love triangular into a political conspiracy. It has colourful characters, strong passions, tense situations and impressive stage effects like a witchcraft scene, a love duet in the night field, where the executions take place, or a murder against a masquerade background. “A brilliant drama that totally fits into the morals of our time” as Giuseppe Verdi said of it himself.

Premiered on April 20, 2018.

Presented with two intervals.

Libretto by Antonio Somma based on the text by Augustin Eugène Scribe

with the technical support in graphic and production design of GIÒ FORMA

Scene:
Historic Stage
Auditorium
Run time:
3 hours 10 minutes
Language:
Italian
Bolshoi opera official sponsor is Payment System MIR
A scene from the performance.

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Oleg Dolgov as Richard.

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Giorgio Berrugi as Richard. Marat Gali as Supreme Judge. Nina Minasyan as Oscar.

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Otar Jorjikia as Richard.

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Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Richard. Anna Aglatova as Oscar.

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Anna Aglatova as Oscar.

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Damiana Mizzi as Oscar. Oleg Dolgov as Richard.

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Igor Golovatenko as Renato. Andrea Caré as Richard.

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Riccardo Massi as Richard.

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A scene from the performance. Ksenia Dudnikova as Ulrica.

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Nadia Krasteva as Ulrica.

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Andrea Caré as Richard. Elena Manistina as Ulrica.

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Elchin Azizov as Renato. Otar Jorjikia as Richard.

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Dmytro Popov as Richard.

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Dinara Alieva as Amelia.

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Otar Jorjikia as Richard. Dinara Alieva as Amelia.

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Oksana Dyka as Amelia. Giorgio Berrugi as Richard.

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Elchin Azizov as Renato. Otar Jorjikia as Richard.

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Deyan Vatchkov as Samuel. Vladimir Komovich as Tom.

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Veronika Dzhioeva as Amelia. Igor Golovatenko as Renato.

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Vladislav Sulimsky as Renato. Dinara Alieva as Amelia.

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Vladimir Stoyanov as Renato. Anna Nechaeva as Amelia.

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Vladimir Komovich as Tom. Vladimir Stoyanov as Renato. Deyan Vatchkov as Samuel.

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A scene from the performance.

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Anna Nechaeva as Amelia.

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Andrea Caré as Richard.

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Anna Nechaeva as Amelia.

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Anastasia Lerman as Oscar.

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Anna Aglatova as Oscar. Nazhmiddin Mavlyanov as Richard. Elchin Azizov as Renato.

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Veronika Dzhioeva as Amelia

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Damiana Mizzi as Oscar. Anna Nechaeva as Amelia. Oleg Dolgov as Richard

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Cast
10 July
2022

Sunday, 14:00

09 July
2022

Saturday, 19:00

08 July
2022

Friday, 19:00

07 July
2022

Thursday, 19:00

06 July
2022

Wednesday, 19:00

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Synopsis

Act I

Richard, Count of Warwick, English governor of Massachusetts, receives visitors in his residence. Among his court officials who praise their governor are Samuel and Tom who connive to murder Richard. Oscar, the page, brings Richard a list of invitations to a ball; it includes the name of Amelia, whom Richard is secretly in love with despite her being married to his friend and secretary, Renato.

When petitioners leave, Renato comes and warns Richard of a plot against him. He wants Richard to be cautious, but the Count refuses to arrest the conspirators or even to learn their names. The Supreme Judge comes with a proposal to expel Ulrica the fortuneteller. Oscar makes a passionate speech in her defense, and Richard decides to visit Ulrica himself. He invites his court to join him and have fun in disguise.

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