Artistic direction adaptation: Radu Lucaciu
Scenography adaptation: Valentin Codoiu
Stage and backstage direction: Cristina Albu
Riccardo, Count of Warwick, Governor of Boston: Hector Lopez
Renato, his secretary: Geani Brad
Amelia, his wife: Carmen Gurban
Ulrica, the fortune teller: Andrada Ioana Roșu-Vaida
Oscar, the Count's pages: Oana Trîmbițaș
Silvano, a sailor: George Godja
Samuel/ Count's opposer: Sebastian Balaj
Tom/ Count's opposer: Simonfi Sandor
The Judge: Florin Pop
Amelia's servant: Andrei Șofron
The Orchestra and Chorus of The Romanian National Opera in Cluj-Napoca
Chorus Maestro: Emil Maxim
Chorus conductor: Corneliu Felecan
Choreography adaptation: Marius Toda
show category: opera
Event dedicated to tenor Ioan Buzea, on the occasion of his 85th anniversary
Performance presented in partnership with Company Opera 2001
Opera in three acts on a libretto by Antonio Somma, inspired by the play Gustav the Third by Eugéne Scribe
Recommended age: 12+
Un Ballo in maschera is Giuseppe Verdi’s twenty-second work, renowned for its fascinating journey, which began with the tremendous impact of its 1859 world premiere and continued to the present, when it still tops the bill in Operas all over the world.
Verdi’s masterpiece was first brought under stage lights at the Apollo Theatre of Rome. It became famous not only for the extraordinary quality of the composition, but also for the controversial libretto, based on the tragic story of King Gustav III of Sweden, because of which the opera was actually censored for a long period of time.
The heroes of the libretto drawn from the historical truth are Riccardo, Count of Warwick, his good and faithful friend Renato, and Amelia, the wife of the former, who is caught between the two men’s love. The opera offers an impressive medieval story, full of passion and intrigues, where honour and friendship are sacred, love triangles are the most painful taboos, while betrayal, with or without a mask, has a high price. The Cluj production of Verdi’s masterpiece keeps its classical note, the construction of characters, scenery and stage movement, and tries to express the action in a dynamic way, while conveying the feelings and experiences of characters in a natural manner, with openness towards the viewing public.
We are therefore looking forward to welcoming you at this wonderful performance, to discover what lies behind the elegant ball masks of a legendary opera!
The performance has two breaks and ends around 9.30 p.m.