April 1, 1937 | Opera Philadelphia
Amelia Goes to the Ball
Composer:Gian Carlo Menotti
Librettist:Gian Carlo Menotti
In her apartment in Milan, Amelia and her friend are excitedly preparing for the grand ball. Suddenly, Amelia's husband bursts in, demanding to know who Amelia's lover is. She agrees to tell him but only if he will still accompany her to the ball. He agrees and she reveals her lover as the man who lives upstairs. The husband dashes out the door to shoot him.

Amelia bemoans her tragic predicament: she is going to miss the most fabulous ball of the season. Resigned to a night in, she goes to the balcony to warn her lover of her husbands wrath and he climbs down a rope to escape into her arms. He urges her to flee with him but is devastated when she refuses. Instead she insists he take her to the ball instead of her husband. He agrees and hides in an alcove as she finishes preparing to go. Her husband bursts back in and sees the rope, knowing the lover is hidden somewhere in the room. He finds the lover's hiding place and attempts to kill him but the pistol won't fire. The three are embroiled in a passionate musical argument over the legal and moral entanglement they are in and Amelia, impatient, breaks a vase over her husband's head to end the debate. Shouting for help the chorus and Chief of Police show up to help her. Amelia explains that she was preparing for the ball when a burglar broke in and hit her husband with the vase. The lover is taken to jail and the gallant Chief of Police invites Amelia to ball on his arm.

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Manhattan School of MusicAmelia Goes to the Ball12/7/2001 - 12/12/2001
Aurora Opera TheatreAmelia Goes to the Ball3/1/1992 - 3/15/1992

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