Rigoletto - Grand Théâtre de Genève (2014) - Rigoletto - Grand Théâtre de Genève (2014)

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Coproduction Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, l’Opéra national du Rhin, La Monnaie et le Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. 

“God knows that with a topic like this one, you can’t go wrong.” Giuseppe Verdi knew that by choosing a libretto based on Victor Hugo’s Le Roi s’amuse, he would be working with a rich and colourful subject matter. It also gave him the opportunity to make the musical portrait of one of the most charismatic figures in the history of opera. Rigoletto is the misshapen jester at the court of the Duke of Mantua and the father of Gilda, whom he cherishes more than any living thing. Despite the appalling nature of his acts, this modern hero, which Robert Carsen portrays as a clown straight out of the circus, also moves the audience with his deeper yearnings. When an ancient curse catches up with him, the hunchbacked jester that helps the Duke abduct young women is caught in his own trap, becoming both executioner and victim. A milestone in the artistic evolution of Verdi’s career, Rigoletto would be the first opera in his “Popular Trilogy”. Premiering in Venice in 1851, this melodramma raised the “Swan of Busseto” to the status of genius of Italian opera.

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Robert Carsen

Alexander Joel

Franco Vassallo

Andrzej Dobber

Lisette Oropesa

Sophie Gordeladze

Ahlima Mhamdi

Sami Luttinen

Varduhi Khachatryan

Georgy Vasiliev

Arnold Rutkowski

Maxim Kuzmin-Karavaev

Daniel Mauerhofer

Fabrice Farina

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Il Duca di Mantova

Il Duca di Mantova

Il Conte Monterone

Il Conte di Ceprano