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.
Sung in Italian with English translations displayed above the stage. Click here to learn more.
There is a No Late Seating Policy for all San Diego Opera performances.
Please allow yourself adequate time to secure parking
and arrive at Theatre before posted curtain time!
The AFTERGLOW Experience
Immediately after the opera, come to the Beverly Sills Salon in the Civic Theatre
to enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and chat about the opera, all in a cool lounge atmosphere.
Join the cast, chorus, orchestra and crew for a bit of stargazing!
A Masked Ball Signature Cocktail
Dark and Stormy - dark rum, ginger beer, lime wedge.
Local craft beers rotate per performance- selections include:
Ballast Point Pale Ale, Coronado Mermaid and Karl Strauss Pin Tail Ale
Krassimira Stoyanova sings from Eugene Onegin
Run Time:approx. 3 hours, 5 minutes (includes two intermissions)
Children:Ages 6 years and older may attend with own ticket.
Pricing (includes a $2.50 Facility Restoration Fee):$280.00 - $45.00
Dynamic Pricing in use for this event...Buy Early!