Verdi’s “Masked Ball” offers intrigue

Nov 29, 2012
Photo by: Ken Howard/Met The Met’s new production of “Un Ballo in Maschera” sets the opera in early 20th-century Sweden.

Rockland — An exciting new production of “Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball),” Verdi’s vivid drama of jealousy, passion and vengeance, comes to the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD season at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Saturday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. An encore re-broadcast is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m.

The three figures in the opera’s central love triangle will be sung by three major stars familiar to HD audiences. Sondra Radvanovsky (Leonora in 2010’s “Il Trovatore”) is Amelia, the wife of the king’s trusted friend Anckarström (Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Giorgio Germont in last season’s “La Traviata” and the title role in 2006’s “Eugene Onegin”). Marcelo Álvarez (Cavaradossi in “Tosca” and Manrico in 2010’s “Il Trovatore”) sings Gustavo III, the King of Sweden and Amelia’s secret love.

In two major supporting roles, Stephanie Blythe (seen last season as Eduige in “Rodelinda” and Fricka in the Ring cycle) sings the role of the forbidding sorceress Ulrica and Kathleen Kim (Chiang Ch’ing in 2011’s “Nixon in China”) sings the headstrong page Oscar.

Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi conducts the work, a staple of the operatic repertory that features passionate arias and a thrilling duet for the ill-fated lovers Amelia and Gustavo. Acclaimed opera director David Alden’s new production of the Verdi classic sets the opera in a dreamlike vision of early 20th-century Sweden.

Tickets are $27; encore tickets are $23, $15 for students. Contact the Strand for group ticket pricing. For more information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts, and events at the Strand, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or



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