Verdi’s Ballo in Maschera. A Revelation.

  Verdi and the Naples censor when preparing “Ballo”, 1857–58, caricature by Delfico   Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, Un Ballo in Maschera, nearly didn’t see the light of day. The problem lay in Italy’s troubled political situation and the opera’s libretto, based on the assassination of King Gustave III in 1793 during a masked ball.  When…