Barcelona Events 2024

Un ballo in maschera - Barcelona

Opera by Giuseppe Verdi

Event date: 

9th to 20th February 2024

Event location:
Gran Teatre del Liceu - Opera House

Maschera at Liceu Opera Barcelona

"Un ballo in maschera," translated as "A Masked Ball," is an Italian opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi. The opera is set in Sweden in the 18th century and revolves around the political intrigue and personal drama surrounding the assassination of King Gustav III. The plot explores themes of love, betrayal, and fate as the characters navigate a complex web of relationships amidst the backdrop of a masked ball. The opera is known for its rich and emotive musical score, with Verdi's signature melodic and dramatic style, making it a staple in the repertoire of grand Italian operas.

Graham Vick’s elegant production is well suited to Verdi’s thrilling drama. This Ballo breaks with traditional codes. A set design built from a semicircular screen that surrounds the background, with a premonitory tomb that presides over the stage are the basis to explain the tragic destiny in which the sufferings of the main characters are shown. A suggestive space and impeccable acting work that captures the power of desire and underlines with expressive strength and coherence this postmortem production by Vick for the Teatro Regio in Parma; a universe of chiaroscuro in which monumental ensembles are combined with shots of enormous intimacy. Freddie De Tommaso is Riccardo / Gustav III, a Swedish king in love with Amelia (Anna Pirozzi), wife of Renato, his best friend and advisor (Artur Ruciński). When the latter discovers the illicit love, he joins a conspiracy to murder the king and tragedy ensues. Daniella Barcellona (Ulrica/Arvidson) is the medium who prophesies the betrayal and tragic end. With Un ballo in maschera, Verdi achieves unprecedented emotional and sensual heights in a staging that strengthens the mysterious atmosphere of this love for the same woman in which jealousy turns into such madness that Renato, with insurmountable wounds, ends up stabbing his friend.

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Liceu Barcelona Opera house
La Rambla, 51
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How to get to Liceu Barcelona Opera house

Gran Teatro del Liceo

Calendar Gran Teatre del Liceu.

The Liceu Opera House in located Barcelona on the Rambla in the very centre of the old city. 

It was founded in 1847 and has retained its role as a culture and arts centre throughout its history and has become a symbol of the city.

Gran Teatro del Liceo guided tours are usually daily at 09:30h and cost around €10. Visit their website for more details tours of the theatre and tickets for performances.


La Rambla, 51, 08002, Barcelona, Spain
Telephone:  +34 934859900
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How to get there by public transport

By Metro 
Liceu green line L3

Barcelona Event 

Barcelona Events:
Un ballo in maschera - Opera by Giuseppe Verdi Barcelona
09.02.2024 - 20.02.2024
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Friday, 23 February 2024