Un ballo in maschera glitters but doesn’t ignite in Budapest

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

Erkel Theatre, Budapest, 21 April 2018

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The Naples censor rejecting the original libretto for Un ballo in maschera, then called Un vendetta in domino. Caricature by Melchiorre Delfico

The final scene in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera invites stage directors to dazzle their audiences with a sumptuous masked ball. The public at this new production was duly dazzled, in the best of taste, and not just by the scintillating golds and pinks of the ball gowns.

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