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Un Ballo in Maschera graphic depicting a male and female silhouette face to face with a chandelier between them.

Performances Begin September 6

Un Ballo in Maschera

By Giuseppe Verdi



Giuseppe Verdi


September 6–27, 2024


Antonio Somma


Starting at $28

Run Time

3 hours with two intermissions



Unmasked Love. Inescapable Fate.

King Gustav III secretly harbors a love for Amelia, the wife of his closest advisor and friend. When a visit to a fortune teller confirms that his love is reciprocated and reveals a plot against his life, the seeds of his undoing take root.

Lavish costumes adorn masked courtiers as they gossip through the political machinations of eighteenth-century Sweden. Leo Muscato’s direction makes this new-to-San Francisco Opera production a must-see return to Verdi’s thrilling drama. 

Un Ballo in Maschera continues Music Director Eun Sun Kim’s exploration of the operas of Giuseppe Verdi.

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Creative Team

Set Designer

Federica Parolini *

Costume Designer

Silvia Aymonino *

Lighting Designer

Alessandro Verazzi *

* San Francisco Opera Debut

Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and Malmö Opera Co-Production

Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by

Opening Weekend Grand Sponsor Diane B. Wilsey.
Additional support is provided by Jerome L. and Thao N. Dodson; Keith and Priscilla Geeslin; the San Francisco Opera Guild;
John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem; and The Thomas Tilton Production Fund