Come to Verdi’s Grand Opera, A Masked Ball
By Michael Pearl
Pro Musica’s annual opera production is always the height of the musical and social season in San Miguel de Allende. This year we present Guiseppe Verdi’s stunning musical portrayal of the death of King Gustav III of Sweden in 1792, Un Ballo in Maschera.
Pro Musica Concert Series
Opera Un Ballo in Maschera by Guiseppe Verdi
Fri and Sat, Feb 19 and 20, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
Rodrigo Garciarroyo stars as King Gustavo of Sweden, who is about to attend a masked ball with his best friend, Count Anckarström, whose wife Amelia the king is secretly in love with. Amelia will be sung by Eugenia Garza, whose international reputation was established when she made her US debut as Mimi in La Boheme with the Palm Beach Opera. She regularly sings in opera houses in the US, including with the Washington National Opera. Eugenia is a regular favorite in starring roles at the Belles Artes in Mexico City, and one of her greatest triumphs was performing with Plácido Domingo and Juan Diego Flores at an opera gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
The count will be sung for us by the well-known and established bass-baritone Armando Mora. He has appeared in many great opera houses of the world, including the Royal Opera in Denmark, Stuttgart Opera in Germany, and Zurich Opera in Switzerland. He has also appeared in the US with the Miami Grand Opera and the Dallas Opera, and, of course, in leading Mexican opera houses. The count is part of a conspiracy to kill the king, who was told by a fortune-teller, Madame Arvidson, that he would be killed by the first person to shake his hand. (That person will be the count.)
The fortune-teller will be sung by mezzo-soprano Carla López-Speziale, who triumphed in our production of Il Trovatore two seasons ago. The opera ends in high drama at the masked ball when Anckarström shoots the king. The dying monarch forgives him, and Anckarström assures him that his wife is innocent. The curtain comes down as the crowd praises the king’s goodness.
Mario Alberto Hernandez will once again be the music director, and the settings will be atmospherically portrayed with innovative projected images. There will be supertitles in English and Spanish, and the program booklet will be fully bilingual.
The stars of the opera sang at a gala fundraiser for Pro Musica’s education outreach programs on Tuesday, February 16.
A limited number of VIP opera packages is available. They include an orchestra seat for your choice of a performance of the opera, champagne during an interval, a ticket for the gala, and an invitation to the last-night cast party, where you will experience the thrill of meeting the singers and stage crew straight from the theater.
The performances will take place at the Ángela Peralta Theater on Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20. Both performances start at 7pm. Tickets and VIP packages are on sale through our website, www.promusicasma.org, and all our usual ticket outlets, La Tienda in La Biblioteca, La Conexión (only at Aldama 3), and the School of Arts at the Instituto Allende, Ancha de San Antonio 22. You can also buy opera tickets from the box office at the Ángela Peralta Theater.