Broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera return to Classical 90.5 at 11:00 a.m. this Saturday, December 8th, with a performance of Un Ballo in Maschera by Giuseppe Verdi, set to a libretto by Antonio Somma. The text is based on the play Gustave III, written in 1833 by French playwright Eugène Scribe, which was inspired by the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden. Other composers based works on the same historical incident, including Daniel Auber, for his 1833 opera, Gustave III, ou Le bal masqué, and Saverio Mercadante, for his Il reggente of 1843. The performance will run approximately 3 hours and 54 minutes.

Accompanied by a thrilling score, Verdi’s vivid characters grapple with life and love, betrayal and death. Director David Alden’s dreamlike setting provides a compelling backdrop for those attending live as the dramatic story of jealousy and vengeance unfolds. Marcelo Álvarez stars as the conflicted king; Sondra Radvanovsky is Amelia, the object of his secret passion; and Dmitri Hvorostovsky is her suspicious husband. Kathleen Kim is the page Oscar, and mezzosoprano powerhouse Stephanie Blythe sings the fortuneteller Ulrica. Fabio Luisi conducts.