Giuseppe Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

All photos from The Finnish National Opera / Heikki Tuuli

One of my favorite hobbies in Helsinki is going to the opera. This time I went to see a new version of Verdi's Un ballo in maschera. The Finnish National Opera makes often fresh and interesting production of opera classics.

Un ballo in maschera was no exception to this. It was based on the Boston version of the opera, but it was put to happen in our time. Reality shows and ad hoc publicity were important themes. The staging was interesting, especially in the end of the third act where the masquerade takes place. The 1960's pop futuristic setup with the extravagant costumes was pure eye candy. The costumes were designed by a rising Finnish fashion designer duo Rinne Niinikoski. I enjoyed Verdi's music too with the big chorus scenes.

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