Libretto by Antonio Soma
Based on Eugene Scrib's story "Gustav III, or the Mask Ball"
Conductor - director KRASIMIR KOSTOV
Directed by ALEXANDER TEKELIEV
Choir Conductor - MARIELA BONCHEVA-CHOLAKOVA
Stage design by DIMO KOSTADINOV
Costume Designer - LILY KOSTADINOVA
Choreography by Grisha Roglev
Concertmaster - YORDAN KOVACHEV
Count Richard Warwick, Governor of Boston
Renato, Creole, officer, friend and secretary of Richard
Amelia, his wife
Samuel, officer; conspirator
Tom, the officer; conspirator
Giuseppe Verdi may not have deliberately courted controversy, but he was not a man to shy away from it either. La Traviata, which had scandalized audiences by casting a courtesan as its heroine, had only just squeezed past the censor’s eye. But A Masked Ball (Un ballo in maschera), with its proposed depiction of a royal assassination based on the murder in 1792 of King Gustav III of Sweden, was just one step too far for the authorities.
In all, more than two years passed between Verdi’s original commission from the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, which he gave up on, to Un ballo in maschera’s premiere, on 17 February 1859, at Rome's Teatro Apollo. By that time, the opera’s setting, in order to be approved, had been removed from the recent history of eighteenth-century Scandinavia to a fictional palace in seventeenth-century colonial Boston.