By Burton D. Fisher
A handy and accomplished pocket-sized advisor to Verdi's A MASKED BALL together with the tale SYNOPSIS, relevant CHARACTERS within the opera, tale NARRATIVE with ONE-BAR song spotlight EXAMPLES, and an ESSAY supplying historical past in regards to the opera and its composer, research, and insighful statement.
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Ulrica dutifully prescribes the antidote as Amelia prays for strength; Gustav joining them and vowing that to comfort Amelia, he would gladly cede the throne. The somber mood quickly changes when the incognito Gustav receives Ulrica’s fatal prediction, the king immediately relieving the tension by laughing away her prophesy: È scherzo od è follia. ” In Act II, Gustav meets Amelia at the ominous execution fields outside Stockholm where she has gone to find the curative herb. ” Amelia, equally unable to control herself, surrenders, confessing that she indeed loves the king.
At the masked ball, there is a dramatic moment of unmasking. Amelia finds Gustav, admitting to him that she wrote the anonymous letter trying to convince him that his life was in jeopardy, and that he should not attend the ball. ” At that moment, both Gustav and Amelia remove their masks, the king passionately telling her that “You are my life, my only desire. ” Heartbroken, Gustav tells her that they he has ordered them to Finland, and then bids Amelia farewell: Anco una volta addio, l’ultima volta addio, “Again one last time farewell, the last farewell,” and then both their last Addio.
A Masked Ball Page 31 Verdi exploits Amckarström’s anguish in one of the most dramatic moments in the opera: his Act III aria, Eri tu, “It is you who have stained my soul,” Anckarström’s crossover into darkness. Anckarström, bewildered and tormented, is overcome by passions that compel him toward mortal revenge against his king and former friend: he explodes into deadly passion with outbursts expressing the dark side of hatred, while at the same time, looking back nostalgically towards the light of a loving friendship.