The new season of the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts begins at 1 pm with the new David Alden production of Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera ("The Masked Ball").
The opera is based a true historical event, the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden. The deadly encounter stems from a love triangle between the king (Marcelo Álvarez), Amelia (wife of Count Anckarström and played by Sondra Radvanovsky) and Anckarström (his most trusted adviser and Amelia’s husband, played by Dmitri Hvorostovsky). Stephanie Blythe is the fortuneteller Madame Arvidsson. Met principal conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium.
Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Amelia: Sondra Radvanovsky
Oscar: Kathleen Kim
Madame Arvidsson: Stephanie Blythe
Gustavo III: Marcelo Álvarez
Anckarström: Dmitri Hvorostovsky