Un Ballo in Maschera

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Un Ballo in Maschera or Un ballo in Maschera ('A Masked Ball') is an 1859 opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi.

The original text

The text, by Antonio Somma, was based on Eugène Scribe's libretto for Daniel Auber's 1833 five act opera, Gustave III, ou Le bal masqué.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1962: Presented by the South African Opera Federation.

1970: Presented by CAPAB Opera.

1975: Presented by CAPAB Opera.

2001: Presented by Cape Town Opera (15–24 September)


Wayne Muller. 2018. A reception history of opera in Cape Town: Tracing the development of a distinctly South African operatic aesthetic (1985–2015). Unpublished PhD thesis.

Alexandra Xenia Sabina Mossolow. 2003. The career of South African soprano Nellie du Toit, born 1929. Unpublished Masters thesis. University of Stellenbosch.

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