Photo Journal: Ballo in Maschera Opens Houston Grand Opera Season

Classic Arts News   Photo Journal: Ballo in Maschera Opens Houston Grand Opera Season
Houston Grand Opera opens its 2007-08 season this evening with Verdi's grand tale of regicide, Un ballo in maschera ("A Masked Ball"). The new production (photos below), shared with Lyric Opera of Chicago, is staged by Olivier Tambosi, who directed the acclaimed production of Janšcek's Jenufa starring Karita Mattila which has stirred audiences at Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera and is now making an impression at Los Angeles Opera.

Tenor Ramón Vargas takes the role of King Riccardo, with soprano Tamara Wilson, a recent alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, singing the lead role of Amelia, Riccardo's lover, for the first time anywhere. Contralto phenomenon Ewa Podles plays the fortune-teller Ulrica, with soprano Lyubov Petrova making her house debut as the page boy Oscar, and baritone Carlo Guelfi as Renato, Amelia's husband and the King's assassin. HGO music director Patrick Summers conducts the five performances through November 2.

For more information on Un ballo in maschera, as well as the HGO production of Donizetti's Fille di R_giment (starring Laura Claycomb and Barry Banks and opening Oct. 26) and the rest of Houston Grand Opera's 2007-08 season, visit

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All photos by Andrew Cloud.

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