Muti Conducts Verdi Un ballo in maschera
Jun 23 - Jun 28, 2022
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History supplied Verdi with the subject matter for this gripping drama. It is based on the true story of King Gustav III of Sweden, who was assassinated during a masked ball in 1792. Combining political intrigue, a love triangle and a fortune teller’s mysterious prophecy, the opera also contains radiant choral writing and richly scored dance music. Riccardo Muti leads a concert performance featuring a spectacular cast of international singers and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Ticket holders are invited to a free preconcert conversation featuring Derek Matson in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The conversation will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets required.

Francesco Meli tenor (Riccardo)
Joyce El-Khoury soprano (Amelia)
Luca Salsi baritone (Renato)
Yulia Matochkina mezzo-soprano (Ulrica)
Damiana Mizzi soprano (Oscar)
Alfred Walker bass-baritone (Samuel)
Kevin Short bass-baritone (Tom)
Ricardo José Rivera baritone (Silvano)
Lunga Eric Hallam tenor (A Judge)
Martin Luther Clark tenor (A Servant to Amelia)

  • Venue
    Symphony Center
  • Price Range
  • Length
    2 hours 40 minutes
  • Preconcert Conversation
    with Derek Matson
Thursday, June 23, 2022
7:30 PM
Saturday, June 25, 2022
8:00 PM
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
7:30 PM

Un ballo in maschera

Music Director
The CSO’s music director position is endowed in perpetuity by a generous gift from the Zell Family Foundation.
Chorus director

These performances are generously sponsored by the Zell Family Foundation, the Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Family Fund for the Canon, the Walter E. Heller Foundation, an anonymous donor, Julie and Roger Baskes, Marion A. Cameron-Gray, Julian Family Foundation, Ling Z. and Michael C. Markovitz, Chet Gougis and Shelley Ochab, Thomas Conner, Michael and Kathleen Elliott, Ann and John Grube, Mark and Gale Kozloff, Frank Modruson and Lynne Shigley, Duane Quaini, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Vance, and Michael and Mary Woolever.

The appearance of the Chicago Symphony Chorus has been made possible by a generous gift from The Grainger Foundation, with additional support from Jim† and Kay Mabie.

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Written for the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, Verdi, the Italian: In Music, Our Roots is a passionate homage to the music, genius and life of the great Italian composer penned by the “King of Verdi” (New York Times), Riccardo Muti. Coming soon to the Symphony Store.

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