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Aug. 15 2015

10/10/15 – A MASKED BALL – 1pm

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San Francisco Opera

A MASKED BALL by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Antonio Somma

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA PRODUCTION

unballo_sfo15A Swedish king laughs off a fortune-teller’s warning of a plot against his life. But when his closest aide discovers the monarch is having an affair with his wife, the threat of assassination becomes real. This tuneful Verdi masterpiece, “one of the composer’s most hot-blooded and vividly crafted tales” (San Francisco Chronicle), returns with an outstanding cast led by the splendidly lyrical Ramón Vargas (Mephistopheles, 2013) and the riveting Dolora Zajick (Aida, 2010). Amelia, the troubled king’s beloved, will be portrayed by the intensely passionate Julianna Di Giacomo in her San Francisco Opera Debut. Sharing the role of Amelia’s coldly furious husband will be two masterful baritones, Thomas Hampson (Heart of a Soldier, 2011) and Brian Mulligan (Nixon in China, 2012). Nicola Luisotti conducts.For a complete list of all performances of A Masked Ball at San Francisco Opera, visit our online performance archive.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Approximate running time: 3 hours including two intermissions

Riccardo: Ramón Vargas
Amelia: Julianna Di Giacomo
Oscar: Heidi Stober
Renato: Thomas Hampson
Ulrica: Dolora Zajick
Tommaso: Scott Conner
Samuele: Christian Van Horn
Silvano: Efrain Solis
Judge: AJ Glueckert
Amelia’s Servant: Christopher Jackson
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti

San Francisco Opera Chorus, Ian Robertson, chorus master

DIRECTOR JOSE MARIA CONDEMI
COSTUME DESIGNER JOHN CONKLIN
LIGHTING DESIGNER GARY MARDER
CHORUS DIRECTOR IAN ROBERTSON
CHOREOGRAPHER LAWRENCE PECH
* SAN FRANCISCO OPERA DEBUT

photos: Cory Weaver

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