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Un Ballo in Maschera

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An all-star cast—Birgit Nilsson, Jean Madeira, Richard Tucker, and Robert Merrill—brings Verdi’s towering tragedy to life in this dramatic performance. Nilsson is Amelia, the young woman trapped in an impossible dilemma: she loves Riccardo, the governor (Tucker), whose closest friend and advisor is her husband, Renato (Merrill). When Renato discovers her secret, he joins a conspiracy to kill Riccardo. Add the dire predictions of the fortuneteller Ulrica (Madeira), and you have one of opera’s most powerful dramas. Nello Santi conducts.

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Performance Info

Performance Date

Jan 12, 1963


Giuseppe Verdi


Antonio Somma

Run Time

2 HRS 07 MIN

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus