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Gustavo III / Un Ballo in Maschera

Gustavo III / Un Ballo in Maschera

Giuseppe Verdi stayed more or less true to historical facts when composing Gustaf III in 1859. However, Verdi lived in a time of unrest, with Italy on the brink of achieving national unification. The power game had started. The King of France, Napoleon III, had been attacked. An opera on the assassination of a king was not what those in power wanted at that particular time. The censors banned the work, demanding that Verdi transfer the plot from the Swedish Royal Family to, first, Swedish Pomerania and then Boston, where it told the story of a fictitious governor, the work entitled A Masked Ball.

Up until today that has been the most widely performed version even though certain attempts to reconstruct the ‘Sweden’ version have been made. With the opening of the Verdi Archives, closed up until recently, opera researchers have made unique discoveries, allowing the Göteborg Opera to present a world premiere, ‘A Masked Ball Behind the Mask’, a reconstruction of how Verdi had imagined the opera, had it not been for censorship.

Our title is the one Verdi had originally intended for the work: Gustaf III (Gustavo III). However, masks and various power games – in politics, theatre and human relations – play a large role in our production, and we will subsequently be keeping the subtitle A Masked Ball.

Conductor: Mauricio Barbacini / Finn Rosengren
Director: Anthony Pilavachi
Set Design: Piero Vinciguerra
Costumes: Marcus Pysal


Maurizio Barbacini
Finn Rosengren 30/10, 1/11, 7/11

Gustaf III
Tomas Lind

Krister St.Hill

Hillevi Martinpelto
Helena Holmberg 3/10, 30/10, 1/11, 7/11

Susanne Resmark
Maria Andersson 25/9, 28/9, 30/10, 1/11, 7/11

Carolina Sandgren

Jonas Landström

Mats Almgren

Åke Zetterström

Primo Giudice
Harald Tjelle

Un servo d'Amelia
Tore Sverredal

GöteborgsOperans kör och orkester.

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Mauricio Barbacini / Finn Rosengren

Anthony Pilavachi

Piero Vinciguerra

Marcus Pysal

Anthony Pilavachi


  • Genre: Opera
  • Season: 2002/2003
  • Location:

    Main Stage

  • Length: Approx. 2 hours 45 minutes 1 interval
  • Introduction:1 hour prior to performance
  • Info:Göteborg Main Stage