“A Masked Ball” by Giuseppe Verdi
Here’s a summary of the opera from www.sdopera.com: “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.”
When: March 8, 11 and 14 at 7pm; March 16 at 2pm
Where: San Diego Civic Theatre | 1100 3rd Ave., San Diego, CA
Cost: $35 – $225
More info: www.sdopera.com/Operas/MaskedBall | 619.533.7000