Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: Un Ballo In Maschera (A Masked Ball)

A quick intro to Verdi’s controversial drama, Saturday’s noon opera broadcast.

Painting of people at a masked ball
Edouard Manet’s Masked Ball at the Opera
In this Opera Cheat Sheet, Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn and Eric Skelly of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra talk about Giuseppe Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, the story of the demise of Riccardo, Earl of Warwick and governor of Boston who falls in love with his best friend’s wife and pays a heavy price.

Tune in to Classical 91.7 Saturday, September 26th at noon for San Francisco Opera’s broadcast of Un Ballo in Maschera featuring a star-studded cast of singers including Ramón Vargas as Riccardo, Heidi Stober as Oscar, Thomas Hampson as Renato and Dolora Zajick as Ulrica.



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