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Madison Opera's "A Masked Ball"
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Verdi's tale of vengeance & murder, 8 pm on 10/26 and 2:30 pm, 10/28, Overture Center-Overture Hall (pre-show talks one hour prior). $236-$36. 258-4141

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Cost: $236-$36
Call: 608-258-4141
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Madison Opera’s A Masked Ball 1 of 4
Performances:
Friday, October 26, 2012 • 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 28, 2012 • 2:30 p.m.
Overture Center for the Arts
Sung in Italian with projected English
translations
Box Office:
201 State St., Madison, WI
(608) 258-4141
www.madisonopera.org
Tickets:
$18 - $118
Student and group discounts available

Madison Opera’s Season of Temptation opens with A Masked Ball Verdi’s most thrilling music interweaves love and murder

Madison Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s A Masked Ball (Un Ballo in Maschera) on Friday,
October 26 and Sunday, October 28 at the Overture Center for the Arts. In Verdi’s lush opera, based on the reallife assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden, the King’s love for his best friend’s wife becomes an instrument of
murder. Illicit love, a fortune-teller, a masked ball, vows of vengeance, and thrilling music make up this rich theatrical tapestry, as the King is conspired against and ultimately betrayed by his most trusted friend.

Madison Opera has mounted Verdi operas in previous seasons, most recently La Traviata, but this is its first production of one of the composer’s most beloved works. This traditional production, which whirls the audience from the King’s palace to a fortuneteller’s lair to an elegant ballroom, will be directed by Kristine McIntyre and conducted by Madison Opera Artistic Director John DeMain. The Madison Opera Chorus and Madison Symphony
Orchestra join sensational principal artists.

“A Masked Ball is simply an exhilarating way to open the first season that John and I have planned together,” says General Director Kathryn Smith. “It is truly one of Verdi’s most exciting works – the sort of musical and dramatic event that people think of when they hear the word ‘opera.’ The excerpts we performed at Opera in the Park this summer got a standing ovation, and I know audiences will love the entire show.”

Celebrated tenor William Joyner, last seen with Madison Opera as Older Galileo in Galileo Galilei, stars as the noble but conflicted King Gustav III.
Powerful baritone Hyung Yun, who last appeared as the title character in Eugene Onegin, returns to the Madison Opera stage as Anckarstöm, his
best friend-cum-assassin. Rising star soprano Alexandra LoBianco sings the role of Amelia, the object of two men’s love and a tool in political
intrigue. They are joined by Jeniece Golbourne, making her Madison Opera debut as the fortuneteller Ulrica, who warns the king of lurking
treachery, and Madison soprano Caitlin Cisler as Oscar, the King’s page.

Madison Opera is excited to open its Season of Temptation with such a grand opera. In addition to the performances, audiences have a variety
of opportunities to learn more about A Masked Ball. The Opera Up Close series will provide a fascinating preview on October 21, with discussions about Verdi, King Gustav III, the history of the opera, and artist roundtables. Pre-Opera talks will be hosted by Kathryn Smith one hour prior to each performance. New for this season, audiences can join Ms. Smith for a Post-Opera Q&A following each performance.

PRODUCTION TEAM AND CAST
Madison Opera’s production of A Masked Ball is sponsored by Thompson Investment Management, Inc., An Anonymous Friend, Capitol Lakes, and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Artist underwriting is provided by the E. David Cronon Trust.

RELATED EVENTS
Opera Up Close: The A Masked Ball Preview Sunday, October 21, 2012, 1-3p.m., UW Madison Biochemistry Building Room 1125, $20 general admission Join Madison Opera for a behind-the-scenes exploration of A Masked Ball, including a multimedia look at Giuseppe Verdi and the world of King Gustav III, hosted by Kathryn Smith with commentary from stage director Kristine McIntyre, conductor John DeMain, members of the cast, and special guest lecturer Susan Brantly from the UW Madison Department of Scandinavian Studies.
Pre-Opera Talks Friday, October 26, 2012, 7 p.m. and Sunday, October 28, 2012, 1.30 p.m. Promenade Hall at Overture Center, free to ticket holders Attend an introduction to A Masked Ball one hour prior to curtain to learn more about the opera.
Post-Opera Q&A Friday, October 26, 2012 and Sunday, October 28, 2012 immediately following performances Promenade Hall at Overture Center
New this season: Join General Director Kathryn Smith immediately after the show to ask questions about what you’ve just seen.

Conductor.................John DeMain
Stage Director................Kristine McIntyre
Costume Designer……....Suzanne Mess
Scenery Designer……………….R. Keith Brumley
Lighting Designer.............Marcus Dilliard
Gustav III…………..…William Joyner
Anckarstöm …..…………….Hyung Yun
Amelia………………...….Alexandra LoBianco*
Ulrica…………….….……Jeniece Golbourne*
Oscar………………………….Caitlin Cisler
Christiano…………..Christiaan Smith-Kotlarek
Count Ribbing……………………Thomas Forde*
Count de Horn…………………………John Arnold
Judge………………...………J. Adam Shelton*
A Servant………….…………Robert Goderich*
* Madison Opera Debut


Madison Opera is a non-profit professional opera company based in Madison, Wisconsin. Founded in 1961, the company grew from a local workshop presenting community singers in English-language productions to a nationally recognized organization producing diverse repertoire and presenting leading American opera singers alongside emerging talent. A resident organization of the Overture Center for the Arts, Madison Opera presents three productions annually in addition to the free summer concert Opera in the Park and a host of educational programming.

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201 State St. , Madison , WI 53703
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