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A masked
Ball

Maskeballet (fra Det Kongelige Teater) Photo: Camilla Winther
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Running
25. March–29. April
SCENE
Main Stage
Duration
3 h / 1 break

Murder on the dance floor

King Gustav is in love with his best friend’s wife, Amelia, but must pay dearly for that love. A Masked Ball is among Verdi’s most beautiful, yet also most political operas. Experience it with traditional costumes and maritime scenes inspired by Scandinavian sea trade.

When power, politics and love collide, the results can be fatal – as King Gustav III of Sweden so painfully experiences when he is shot by Captain Anckarström during a masked ball at the Royal Swedish Opera on 16 March 1792.  

Verdi’s opera is about this dramatic event in world history and the events leading up to it. If you enjoy Victorian dresses, grand chorus scenes and classic set design with a maritime theme, this performance is just for you! 

Verdi’s intense love duet 

The opera has been called ‘Verdi’s Tristan and Isolde’ and may very well include the most beautiful duet ever written by the Italian opera master – when Amelia and Gustav declare their love for one another.  

The stage is filled with the top echelon of soloists, with Marita Sølberg as Amelia, Matteo Lippi as King Gustav and Yngve Søberg as Captain Anckarström. The new music director of the Oslo Opera House, Edward Gardner, is in charge of the musical direction. 

A story about censorship 

Killing a king onstage was radical and unthinkable in Italy in the 1850s. When Verdi’s opera premiered in Rome in 1859, the action was therefore placed in 17th century Boston and with a governor instead of a king.  

We are performing the original version, where the story takes place in Stockholm. 

Co-production with The Royal Danish Theatre, Copenhagen 

  • Free introduction one hour before the performance 

 

Artistic team and cast

  • Music
    Giuseppe Verdi
  • Libretto
    Antonio Somma
  • Original title
    Un ballo in maschera
  • Conductors
    Edward Gardner/ Aage Richard Meyer
  • Direcotr
    Karolina Sofulak
  • Set design
    Alex Eales
  • Costumes
    Jonathan Morrell
  • Lighting design
    Giuseppe Di Iorio
  • Choreographer
    Tim Claydon
  • Participants
    Opera Chorus, Children's Chorus, Opera Orchestra
    • Kong Gustav III
        • 25. Mar 2023 18:00
        • 29. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 11. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 14. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 18. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 21. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 27. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 29. Apr 2023 18:00
    • Kaptein Anckarström
        • 25. Mar 2023 18:00
        • 29. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 11. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 14. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 18. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 21. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 27. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 29. Apr 2023 18:00
    • Amelia Anckarström
        • 25. Mar 2023 18:00
        • 29. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 11. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 14. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 18. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 21. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 27. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 29. Apr 2023 18:00
    • Mamsell Ulrica Arfvidson
        • 25. Mar 2023 18:00
        • 29. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 11. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 14. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 18. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 21. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 27. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 29. Apr 2023 18:00
    • Oscar, en pasje
        • 25. Mar 2023 18:00
        • 29. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 11. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 14. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 18. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 21. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 27. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 29. Apr 2023 18:00
    • En dommer
        • 25. Mar 2023 18:00
        • 29. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 11. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 14. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 18. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 21. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 27. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 29. Apr 2023 18:00
    • Kristian, en matros
        • 25. Mar 2023 18:00
        • 29. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 11. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 14. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 18. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 21. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 27. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 29. Apr 2023 18:00
    • Amelias tjener
        • 25. Mar 2023 18:00
        • 29. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 11. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 14. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 18. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 21. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 27. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 29. Apr 2023 18:00
    • Grev Ribbing
        • 25. Mar 2023 18:00
        • 29. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 11. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 14. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 18. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 21. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 27. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 29. Apr 2023 18:00
    • Grev Horn
        • 25. Mar 2023 18:00
        • 29. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 31. Mar 2023 19:00
        • 11. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 14. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 18. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 21. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 27. Apr 2023 19:00
        • 29. Apr 2023 18:00
Price
100–900 kr
Language
italiensk
Subtitles
norsk og engelsk
  • Saturday 25. March
    18:00 / Main Stage
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  • Wednesday 29. March
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Friday 31. March
    19:00 / Main Stage
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  • Tuesday 11. April
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Friday 14. April
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Tuesday 18. April
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Friday 21. April
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Thursday 27. April
    19:00 / Main Stage
  • Saturday 29. April
    18:00 / Main Stage