La Fura’s version of Un Ballo in Maschera of Giuseppe Verdi will be performed again on 12 occasions starting May 12th at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. The opera, directed by Álex Ollé, was successfully premiered in January 2013 at the Sydney Opera and won the Helpmann Award for Best Opera Direction of the 2012-2013 season in Australia. Almost two years and a half later, it will be displayed again in the emblematic La Monnaie in Brussels.
The first stage direction of Verdi proposed by Àlex Ollé is set in the near future. Inspired by George Orwell’s 1984 play, we can imagine the worst of all visions. The current economic crisis has caused the collapse of society as we knew it until now. Power has locked itself into a new form of absolutism or totalitarianism refounded under the apparent mask of a democratic system. Power, bureaucrats, financial or politicians who have survived the crisis will live hidden from the rest. Meanwhile, the Outraged roam around like shadows.
‘Un Ballo in Maschera’ is a co-production between the Sydney Opera, the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie de Brusselas and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet in Oslo. The opera will be performed 12 times between May 12th and May 27th. For more information and tickets, please visit the official website of the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie.