Conductor Anthony Negus

Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera

Chelsea Opera Group

Sunday 22 October 2023, 18:30

Past Event
Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera Past Event


Verdi Un ballo in maschera


Charne Rochford tenor (Gustavo III, King of Sweden)*
Nadine Benjamin soprano (Amelia, wife of Anckarström, in love with Gustavo III)
Phillip Rhodes baritone (Count Anckarström, husband of Amelia and Gustavo’s secretary, best friend and confidant)
Alison Langer soprano (entravesti) (Oscar, Gustavo’s page)
Maria Schellenberg contralto (Madame Arvidson, a fortune-teller)
Magnus Walker tenor (A Judge)
Arthur Bruce bass (Cristiano)
John Vallance tenor (Amelia’s servant)
Thomas D Hopkinson bass (Count Ribbing)
Jack Holton bass (Count Horn)
Chelsea Opera Group chorus & orchestra
Anthony Negus

(*Unfortunately Marius Vlad will not be singing the role of Gustavo III due to illness. Chelsea Opera Group is extremely grateful to Charne Rochford for stepping in to perform in his place at such short notice.)

Of all the operas Verdi wrote between La traviata (1853) and Aida (1871) none has enjoyed greater or more lasting success than Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) (1853).

The opera is set in 18th-century Stockholm and has at its centre the charismatic Gustavo III, King of Sweden, who is tormented by his impossible love for Amelia, the wife of his friend Count Anckarström. His carefree life is further threatened by a fortune-teller who predicts his doom and conspirators who want him dead.

Verdi captures all the opera’s conflicting moods and in music which is by turns brilliant, sombre and passionate, placing at the heart of the drama the finest love duet he ever wrote.

5.15pm: pre-concert talk (free to ticket holders)

Duration: 3 hours (incl. interval)

Ticket Information

£38, £33, £25.50, £15

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