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Un ballo in maschera

  • Opera in 3 acts, Italian
  • Libretto Antonio Somma
  • Based on the historical drama Gustave III ou Le Bal masqué by Eugène Scribe
  • The title of the opera was first Gustavo III, for Naples in 1857, became Un vendetta in domino in 1858, and finally in 1859 Un ballo in maschera in an American setting with Colonial-era characters.
  • Time: The end of the 17th century. Place: Boston, Massachusetts.
  • In the original version, Gustavo III, the story develops in March 1792 in Stockholm, Sweden.


s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/7c/33/01/ad/5344484bab2bcb72/jjhjh_original.jpgThe Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm, built by Gustav III in 1782, demolished in 1892. The masked ball where the real King Gustav III was murdered, took place at this opera building in March 1792 on the second floor behind the columns. The first Swedish Premiere of the opera Masked Ball also took place at this building in 1879.

  • First Premieres in different countries
    • Italy 17 February 1859, the world premiere at Teatro Apollo, Rome
    • Portugal: 15 April 1860, Lisbon
    • France: 13 January 1861, Paris
    • Spain: 31 January 1861, Barcelona
    • United States: 11 February 1861, New York, Academy of Music
    • Great Britan: 15 June 1861, London
    • Ireland: 25 September 1861, Dublin
    • Germany: 23 November 1861, Berlin
    • Russia: December 1861, St. Petersburg
    • Peru: 1863
    • Hungary: December 1863, Budapest
    • Austria: 1 April 1864, Vienna
    • Belgium: 9 April 1864, Brussels
    • Mexico: August 1864
    • Poland: 22 October 1865, Warsaw
    • Czech Republic: August 1866, Prague
    • Denmark: 18 May 1867, Copenhagen
    • Austrailia: 2 June 1868, Sydney
    • Egypt: Carnival 1870, Cairo
    • Brazil: 1871, Rio de Janeiro
    • Cuba: November 1872, Havana
    • Switzerland: 29 April 1873, Geneva
    • Croatia: 2 October 1877, Zagreb
    • Sweden: 1879, Stockholm
    • Slovenia: 1880, Ljubljana
    • Finland, Helsinki
    • Romania: April 1923, Bucharest
    • Bulgaria: 22 October 1926, Sofia
    • Lithuania: 30 October 1926, Kaunas
    • Estonia: 1928, Tallinn


s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/97/c5/2f/f8/5344484bab183d84/jjhjh_original.jpgThe murder of King Gustav III at the masked ball. A contemporary engraving by Abraham Wolfgang.

s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/a8/72/9c/7e/5344484bab21f5ae/jjhjh_original.jpgBefore attending the masked ball, King Gustav III had supper with his confidants. He reads the warning letter with no names. Contemporary drawing. . . . . . . . . . . . s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/7a/54/78/33/5344484bab2d1182/jjhjh_original.jpgThe clothes and the mask, which King Gustav wore when he was murdered, Museum Livrustkammaren, Stockholm.



s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/7d/25/5a/ed/5344484bab4d7aaa/jjhjh_original.jpgThe mask and the weaponry of Count Anckarström, the king's murderer. These are the pistols and the knifes he wore. You can even see the bullets, with which the pistols were loaded. Museum Livrustkammaren, Stockholm. . . . . . . . . s3.amazonaws.com/photos.geni.com/p13/b2/db/ef/aa/5344484bab4d7aab/jjhjhb_original.jpgThe murderer Anckarström was sentenced to death, and was beheaded. Contemporary drawing.





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