A Masked Ball

A Swedish king laughs off a fortune-teller’s warning of a plot against his life. But when his closest aide discovers the monarch is having an affair with his wife, the threat of assassination becomes real. This tuneful Verdi masterpiece, “one of the composer’s most hot-blooded and vividly crafted tales” (San Francisco Chronicle), has an outstanding cast led by the splendidly lyrical Ramón Vargas and the riveting Dolora Zajick.

A love triangle turns deadly in Verdi's A Masked Ball. Conspirators want the Swedish monarch Gustav III dead — and suspected adultery plays right into their murderous plans. The king is in love with his best friend's wife, and she's in love with him. Desperate to extinguish her ardor, she turns to a sorceress for help, but too late! The secret's out and a devastated husband takes his revenge.

Verdi is at the peak of his musical and dramatic genius as he delves deeply into the psyches of three people who love, yet destroy, each other.