Verdi’s sweeping opera of intrigue and betrayal, Un Ballo In Maschera, which premiered in New York in 1861, has some historical intrigue of its own. Based on the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden, the 19th-centrury censors caused such a ruckus over a libretto about regicide that the original version was set in colonial Boston. Just over 150 years later, scenic designer Paul Steinberg has designed a new version that marked his debut at The Metropolitan Opera last fall. Even ...
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