Rigoletto - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2014) - Rigoletto - Royal Opera House Covent Garden (2014)

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Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto, based on Victor Hugo’s play Le Roi s’amuse, was his ‘best opera’. He had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas.

David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty and degeneracy at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in brutal orgies and revelries to Verdi's spirited dances. In contrast, Rigoletto lives in a rundown hovel and laments his unhappy existence in a powerful soliloquy. Along with this and Rigoletto’s Act II aria ‘Cortigiani, vil razza dannata!’, musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the quartet in Act III that weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.

More information is available on the operahouse's official website.

Schedule

September 12, 2014 19:30:00

September 15, 2014 19:30:00

September 17, 2014 19:30:00

September 20, 2014 12:30:00

September 21, 2014 14:00:00

September 23, 2014 19:30:00

September 27, 2014 19:00:00

September 30, 2014 19:30:00

October 03, 2014 19:30:00

October 06, 2014 19:30:00

Casting

David McVicar

Maurizio Benini

Paul Wynne Griffiths

Simon Keenlyside

Dimitri Platanias

Eri Nakamura

Aleksandra Kurzak

Justina Gringyte

Nadezhda Karyazina

Brindley Sherratt

Alexander Tsymbalyuk

Piero Pretti

Saimir Pirgu

Work's characters list

Director

Conductor

Conductor

Rigoletto

Rigoletto

Gilda

Gilda

Maddalena

Maddalena

Sparafucile

Sparafucile

Il Duca di Mantova

Il Duca di Mantova

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