Rigoletto - Opernhaus Zürich (2016) - Rigoletto - Opernhaus Zürich (2016)

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When Giuseppe Verdi wrote his Rigoletto, the censors were immediately onto him: for 1850, Victor Hugo’s play Le Roi s’amuse (The King amuses himself) was an extremely socio-critical, politically controversial choice of subject matter for a new opera. The Duke of Mantua’s court is the setting for glittering parties, but the society that amuses itself there is morally bankrupt. It has no values. At this court, having fun means humiliating and degrading others. And the court jester, Rigoletto, is the most cynical of all. His daughter Gilda is the only person he wants to protect from this corrupt world. He locks her away, but the young woman nonetheless chooses her own path. Her longing for freedom and self-determination is greater than the oppressive authority of her father. Her faith in love remains unshakeable, despite all society’s hypocrisy. This season will also see Tatjana Gürbaca’s gripping production, which has been one of Zurich’s most successful in recent years. The American baritone Quinn Kelsey was the great discovery at the première three years ago. At last, he can now be heard as Rigoletto in Zurich again. Michael Fabiano will be singing the Duke, while Gilda will be performed by Rosa Feola. And Antonello Allemandi, a excellent conductor of Verdi, will be at the rostrum.

More information is available on the opera house's official website.


January 31, 2016 14:00:00

February 05, 2016 19:00:00

February 09, 2016 19:00:00

February 14, 2016 19:30:00

February 18, 2016 19:00:00


Tatjana Gürbaca

Antonello Allemandi

Quinn Kelsey

Rosa Feola

Judith Schmid

Pavel Daniluk

Julia Riley

Michael Fabiano

Valeriy Murga

Yuriy Tsiple

Ivana Rusko

Cheyne Davidson

Dmitry Ivanchey

Adrian Timpau

Lin Shi

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Il Duca di Mantova

Il Conte Monterone

Il Conte di Ceprano

La Contessa di Ceprano



Un Usciere di Corte

Il Paggio della Duchessa