Above: Promotional image for the opera, "A Masked Ball", which will be playing at the San Diego Civic Theatre.
"A Masked Ball" by Giuseppe Verdi
March 8, 11, 14 at 7 PM & 16 at 2 PM, 2014
What a cast! Polish tenor Piotr Beczala is today’s hot lyric tenor and a star at every major opera house in the world including La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Paris Opera and Munich; Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova is hailed in Germany as the Stradivarius of sopranos and beloved at Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera and Vienna State Opera; and the great American mezzo-soprano, Stephanie Blythe, brilliant at the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden and Berlin, make up a cast any great opera house would be proud to have for Verdi’s "A Masked Ball."
Although the close relationship between Sweden’s King Gustav III and Amelia, wife of his best friend, Count Anckarström, has never crossed the line, jealousy and politics cause Anckarström to join a band of conspirators and ultimately to murder the King in front of his wife at a masked ball. As he dies, Gustav reveals the truth, and in operatic tradition, pardons Anckarström.
Inspired by the real-life assassination of King Gustav III after which Anckarström was actually beheaded, "A Masked Ball" is powerful, threatening, dangerous and romantic. The music is some of Verdi’s best and with artists of the caliber we have assembled, this production promises to be one of the most powerful, musical and dramatic ever seen on our stage. Italian conductor, Massimo Zanetti, in demand at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Dresden and Munich makes his debut, joined by Lesley Koenig, director of last season’s hugely successful Samson and Delilah.
KPBS will broadcast San Diego Opera's 2014 season on KPBS 89.5 FM:
"Pagliacci" January 25 at 7 p.m.
"Elixir of Love" February 15 at 7p.m.
"A Masked Ball" March 8 at 7 p.m.
"Don Quixote" April 5 at 7 p.m.