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Political intrigue, illicit love and a baleful prophecy fuel Verdi’s opera, Un ballo in maschera (‘A Masked Ball’).

Based on the story of Gustav III, the Swedish king who was murdered during a masked ball, this captivating opera sets a tense love triangle against the background of a murderous conspiracy. Vivid choral writing and glittering dance music provide counterpoint to an intimate portrait of three people whose conflicted loyalties are tested in private and public.

Opera Holland Park’s acclaimed production, filmed live in June 2019 by Tall Wall Media, shifts the central drama of the opera from an imagined 18th century to the glamour and shadows of the 1940s.

The production was directed by Rodula Gaitanou and conducted by Matthew Kofi Waldren with the company’s resident orchestra, City of London Sinfonia in the pit. Cast includes French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels (Amelia), Italian tenor Matteo Lippi (Gustavo), British baritone George von Bergen (Anckarström), rising star and former OHP Young Artist Alison Langer (Oscar), and the distinguished mezzo-soprano Rosalind Plowright OBE (Madame Arvidson). The production was designed by takis.

Opera Holland Park is pleased to offer all viewers access to a handsomely illustrated digital programme, containing essays by the historian Professor Jeremy Black and the Verdi scholar Professor Susan Rutherford. To download the programme, visit

To download an audio introduction for the opera provided by VocalEyes visit