14 January 18:00

A Masked Ball

Opera

Opera in 3 acts. Language: original language

Libretto F.-V.Piave, A.Somma, E.Scribe
  • Conductor-stage director — Mykhailo Dutchak
  • Stage director — Vasyl Vovkun
  • Choreography – Petros Malkhasyanc
  • Set Designer — Tadey Ryndzak — Oksana Zinchenko
  • Conductor — Mykhaylo Dutchak

(UA) Диригент-постановник:

Honored Artist of Ukraine Mykhailo Dutchak

(UA) Режисер-постановник:

People’s Artist of Ukraine Vasyl Vovkun

(UA) Балетмейстр-постановник:

(UA) заслужений артист України Петрос Малхасянц

(UA) Художники-постановники:

People's Painter of Ukraine Tadey Ryndzak

People's Painter of Ukraine Mykhaylo Ryndzak

(UA) Художник костюмів:

Honored Painter of Ukraine Oksana Zinchenko

(UA) Хормейстери:

(UA) лауреат всеукраїнського конкурсу Vasyl Koval

(UA) Ірина Коваль

(UA) Дійові особи та виконавці:

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(UA) Граф Річард:

(UA) заслужений артист України Roman Trokhymuk

(UA) лауреат міжнародних конкурсів (UA) Михайло Малафій

Andriy Savka

(UA) Ренато:

People’s Artist of Ukraine Anatoliy Lypnyk

(UA) заслужений артист України Orest Sydir

(UA) лауреат міжнародних конкурсів Andriy Benyuk

Ruslan Ferants

(UA) Амелія:

(UA) народна артистка України Lyudmyla Savchuk

(UA) заслужена артистка України Svitlana Mamchur

(UA) лауреат міжнародного конкурсу Tetyana Olenych

(UA) Ульріка:

(UA) заслужена артистка України Nataliya Datsko

(UA) лауреат міжнародного конкурсу Tetyana Vakhnovska

(UA) Оскар:

(UA) заслужена артистка України Natalia Romanyuk

(UA) лауреат міжнародних конкурсів Anastasiya Kornutyak

Nataliya Kuryltsiv

(UA) Самуель:

(UA) лауреат міжнародного конкурсу Volodymyr Chibisov

Dmytro Kokotko

Yuriy Trytsetskyy

(UA) Верховний суддя:

(UA) заслужений артист України Roman Kovalchuk

Yuriy Hetsko

(UA) Олег Садецький

(UA) Слуга:

(UA) заслужений артист України Roman Kovalchuk

Vitaliy Voytko

Giuseppe Verdi

A MASKED BALL

Opera in 3 acts

Libretto by Antonio Somma

based on a scenario written by Eugene Scribe

 Act I

Scene I

Palace of Riccardo Warwick governor of Boston.  Courtiers await an audience with Riccardo, including a group of conspirators who want to kill him. Riccardo’s confidant Renato warns him of a conspiracy, but Riccardo ignores the threat.  The earl’s page Oscar gives him guest list for a masked ball.  In the list Riccardo notices the name of Amelia, wife of his secretary and friend Renato and thinks about his secret love to her.  A judge comes to the palace.  He accuses fortune-teller Ulrica of witchcraft and asks Riccardo to sign the verdict.  Riccardo decides to meet Ulrica incognito and asks his court to accompany him.

Scene II

Near the ruins of an old tower Ulrica summons her magical powers.  Disguised as a fisherman, Riccardo arrives.  Servant of Amelia comes and asks Ulrica to receive his mistress.  Having overheard servant’s words, Riccardo hides.  Ulrica sends her visitors away because Amelia, who is tormented by her love to Riccardo, comes and asks for help.  Ulrica tells her to go to the cemetery.  At midnight she has to find and gather a magic herb among the tombs.  Amelia is afraid but then agrees for she wishes to escape from forbidden love.  When Amelia leaves, Riccardo decides to follow her as now he knows that she loves him.  Members of the court enter, and Riccardo asks Ulrica to read his palm. She tells him that he will die soon.

–         Who will be my assassin? – asks Riccardo.

–         The man who will shake your hand first.

Riccardo offers his hand to those present but no one dare to shake it.  Renato enters and shakes Riccardo’s hand in greeting.  Everybody mock at the fortune-teller as Renato is his most loyal friend.

Act II

At midnight Amelia comes to the cemetery to pick up the herb that Ulrica told her. Suddenly Riccardo appears. He has been following Amelia all the time to protect her in case of danger.  She asks him to leave, but ultimately they express their love for each other.  Meanwhile enemies of the earl follow them and surround the cemetery. Unexpectedly, Renato arrives, and Amelia covers her face with veil before he can recognize her. Renato explains Riccardo that the assassins are nearby and his life is in danger.  He persuades Riccardo to disappear immediately.  They swap their cloaks. However Riccardo cannot leave Amelia. He makes Renato promise to escort the woman back to the city without lifting her veil, then escapes.  Conspirators surround Renato and Amelia.  Finding Renato instead of their intended victim, the conspirators make ironic remarks about his veiled companion. When Amelia realizes that her husband will prefer to fight rather than to break his promise to Riccardo, she drops her veil to save him.  Renato is astonished seeing his wife in front of him. Renato, shocked by the earl’s betrayal, asks conspirators to come to his house the next morning.

Act III

Scene I

Renato brings his wife home. Indignant and angry with Ameiia’s betrayal he wants to kill her.  Amelia asks permission to bid farewell to her son before death. Renato relents and abandons his intention.  Conspirators arrive, and Renato tells them that he will join the plot.  The men decide to draw lots to determine who will kill the earl, and Renato forces his wife to choose from the slips of paper.  When his own name comes up he is overjoyed.

Scene II

Feeling remorse Riccardo resolves to renounce his love and to send Amelia and Renato to England.  The order about Renato’s appointment is signed.  Guests are gathering for a masked ball. Oscar brings an anonymous letter warning Riccardo of the murder plot.  Amelia appears at the ball, she is looking for Riccardo. Having recognized him in the mask she repeats her warning and implores him to leave the ball. Refusing to leave, Riccardo declares his love one more time and tells her that he is sending her away with her husband.

For the last time, farewell, Amelia, – the earl says sadly.

– Do accept my farewell too! – Renato exclaims and stabs Riccardo with his dagger.

The dying Riccardo forgives his murderer and admits that he loves Amelia but assures Renato that his wife is innocent. The crowd praises the earl’s goodness and generosity.