G. Verdi

"Un Ballo In Maschera"

Opera in 3 acts
libretto by A. Somma based on text by O. Scribe
Riccardo, Earl of Warwick
Renato, Riccardo's secretary
Amelia, Renato's wife
Ulrica, fortune-teller
Oscar, page
Silvano, sailor
Amelia’s servant
Representatives, officers, sailors, guards, people

Symphony Orchestra, Choir and Ballet of the Abay Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater


Production team:

Stage Director - LAYLIM IMANGAZINA, Honored Figure of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Production Designer - VYACHESLAV OKUNEV, People's Artist of the Russian Federation, Laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan



   The opera "Un Ballo In Maschera", once by the famous Italian writer Gabriele d'Annunzio, was given a magnificent definition: "the most melodramatic of melodramas." In part, this definition was addressed to the work of the librettist - Antonio Somme, who surpassed all Verdi's previous librettists in boldness and vivid language. Sensuality, brilliance and humiliation, human frivolity and tragic stress - all this creates a real “physically tangible picture”.

In many ways, the opera is bright thanks to the excellent distribution of roles.

   All threads lead to Earl Richard: after all, while he is alive, others act, even to overwhelm him; when death overtakes him, everyone, both friends and enemies, is numb with grief. The count captivates the beautiful Amelia, favors a conspiracy, defies death on the field of executions. He puts a knife in the hand of his best friend and appoints a fateful ball, in which he takes part with an unshakable faith in himself. Richard is guilty and doomed. The cynicism of Don Giovanni could save him, but his essence is too pure.

The opera “Masquerade Ball” by Giuseppe Verdi marked a new round in the composer's work, becoming an indisputable masterpiece of the opera genre.