Performed in Italian, accompanied by captions in Russian.
The first premiere of the opera productions at the theater St. Michael came to the end of the 177th theater season. It should be noted that this was a spectacular finale, stunned by its fundamental and acting performance. Latvian director, Andrejs Žagars, has managed to create quite an elegant and grand opera solos which performed the most famous voices of the local company. From the first note of the music of Giuseppe Verdi, the viewer instantly switches from modern everyday life during the reign of Gustav III of, the Swedish monarch.
The murder of the Swedish monarch during the ball struck at the time the whole world. This unfortunate event has become in many storylines. On the basis of it created melodrama, drama and opera. Not all of them were able to pass the censorship authorities. To obtain a permit for a demonstration of the play, Giuseppe Verdi went on to make certain sacrifices. So, the main action did not occur in Sweden and in the Nordic regions of America. His Majesty Gustavus III was transformed into an ordinary governor of the city of Boston. Monarch is now wearing the title of Count and became great Warwick. And kill him come on stage Renato, his private secretary, and not Count Ankarstrem who killed the Swedish king.
"A Masked Ball" - is our life, in which, under the veneer and high titles tucked ordinary human passions and desires.
Libretto by Antonio Somma and Francesco Maria Piave based on the play by Eugène Scribe "Gustavo III Breakfast"
Director: Andrejs Žagars
Premiere: 21 July 2010
Running time: 3 hours and 25 minutes with two intermissions