Un ballo in maschera

Giuseppe Verdi

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A timeless tale of power, passion and political plotting.

At the heart of Un ballo in maschera is a tragic love triangle and ultimately, a lethal vendetta. This intense opera is inspired by the real-life assassination of King Gustavus of Sweden in 1792. Gustavus secretly loves Amelia, the wife of his most loyal ally, Anckarstroem. When Anckarstroem discovers the affair, he joins a plot against Gustavus which culminates in a murderous masked ball.

Dramatic arias jostle with tense ensembles and rousing choruses, and at the heart of the piece is one of Verdi’s most impassioned love duets. An all-star team brings this masterpiece to Opera North for the first time: former Music Director Richard Farnes returns to conduct this new production by Tim Albery, and Rafael Rojas, who appeared in the acclaimed Opera North productions of Andréa Chenier and Turandot, takes the lead role.

From £15 to £75*

Running time
Approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes

Sung in Italian with English titles

Supported by
a generous gift from the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation.

*Prices vary by venue. Booking fees may apply.



Dean Robinson

Count Ribbing

Stephen Richardson

Count Horn

John Savournin

Count Horn (22, 27 Feb)

Tereza Gevorgyan


Rafael Rojas


Phillip Rhodes

Count Anckarström

Ivan Sharpe

Chief Justice

Patricia Bardon

Ulrica Arvidson

Richard Mosley-Evans


Adrienn Miksch


Stuart Laing

Amelia's Servant

Creative Team

Richard Farnes


Tim Albery


Hannah Clark

Set and Costume Designer

Thomas C. Hase

Lighting Designer

Laïla Diallo


Un ballo in maschera
Un ballo in maschera

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