About the performance
“You think nothing bad can happen to you because the love of your people protects you? Hate works much faster than love.”
A Masked Ball by Giuseppe Verdi, which he finished in 1858, is his 23rd opera from 28 and opens the last six of his foremost musical dramas. The theme of the opera came, albeit marginally, from an historic event - the assassination of Swedish King Gustav III in 1792. It is by no means a purely historical-political opera. The main plot follows the love of King Gustav III to his Hand’s wife. The controversy of forbidden love, responsibility towards a closest friend and the ruler's duties result in a series of misunderstandings that lead to a tragic conclusion. The libretto offered the composer a number of contrasting environments for the story, which he utilised with his musical-dramatic, theatrical images, alternating intimate and large opera scenes. The murder of the real King Gustav III had occurred due to the current political situation in Europe, which was one reason for censoring the composer’s work. Eventually the plot was relocated from Sweden to America. The king became a Boston governor, the names of the characters changed to English, and the method of assassination was altered (King Gustav III was shot, whereas the Boston governor Richard is stabbed). The opera had its world premiere in 1859 in Rome, as well as being performed during the first season of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre, and this is the version that will be heard in the first season of 2019/2020.
Performed in the Italian original with Czech and English subtitles.
Riccardo: Luciano Mastro
Renato: Dragutin Matić
Amelia: Flaka Goranci
Ulrica: Elena Suvorova
Oscar,: Jana Sibera
Silvano: Jakub Kettner
Samuel: Michal Onufer, Josef Škarka
Tom: Roman Vlkovič
Judge: Václav Morys, Ameliin sluha, Aleš Burda