09.10.2020 — Giuseppe Verdi: Un ballo in maschera

The production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera at Varna Opera House in Bulgaria. Ignasi Cristià oversaw playwriting, stagecraft and set design, Iago Blasi created the mappings and costumes, and Jose Castelló designed the lighting.

Right from the start, the playwriting and stagecraft took shape in constant dialogue with the musical director, Krastin Nastev, to produce a coherent setting for the story. Ignasi Cristià based the set design on a series of essential forms to symbolise the conflict at the heart of the libretto that drives the plot forward. In tandem, Iago Blasi sought inspiration from a range of sources when designing the costumes for a staging that takes place in an indeterminate time period and focuses instead on each character’s psychological development and emotional journey as the drama unfolds.

After weeks of rehearsals and hard work on stage, this new version of Un ballo in maschera premieres on 10 September 2020.