Ballo in Maschera (Staatsoper)


Jossi Wieler and Sergio Morabito’s 2008 production of Verdi’s regicide drama unfurls in the ballroom of the Arvedson Palace Hotel, a set that brings to mind some long-vanished Catskills resort. The original Boston locale is retained and the directors try to infuse some couleur locale by casting black extras as the hotel staff and somewhat tastelessly as hanging victims during the gallows scene. The singers are directed to exaggeratedly physical performances, including strenuous dancing and sometimes disquietingly violent and sexual situations. But there is plenty of dark comedy as well; such as having Amelia’s son playing jump rope with cord that is Renato’s attempted murder weapon. Don’t expect costumes or dancing during the ball. The deliberate preparations for the assassination and a drunken Oscar are the scene’s focus. The costume choices are baffling: Silvano’s men look like Vietnam vets, the children’s chorus wears hand-me-down pajamas, and the chorus in the Act II recognition scene dons bathrobes. A quirky touch: the string orchestra on the ballroom stage is dressed like cowboy troubadours.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:

FAMILIENVORSTELLUNG
STAATSOPER IM SCHILLER THEATER

 53 | 45 | 37 | 27 | 15 EUR

ZUM LETZTEN MAL IN DIESER SPIELZEIT
STAATSOPER IM SCHILLER THEATER

 66 | 58 | 49 | 37 | 20 EUR

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