Rigoletto

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Verdi’s Rigoletto is one of the best-known of all great chorus operas. The Royal Opera’s revival brings it back with an international cast under a renowned conductor of Italian opera, Daniel Oren. Read More >

Verdi’s Rigoletto is one of the best-known of all great chorus operas. The Royal Opera’s revival brings it back with an international cast under a renowned conductor of Italian opera, Daniel Oren.

In David McVicar’s powerful and perceptive staging, the cruel and the beautiful collide in a corrupt society, at whose head is the womanizing and carefree young Duke of Mantua. Rigoletto, the deformed court jester at the Duke’s court, has to play a hard game to survive.

Ensnared in the web of court affairs, a curse placed on Rigoletto starts to exert its power when his own daughter is abducted for sexual pleasure by his master. Revenge seems to be the jester’s only solution, but through the unwitting actions of his trusting daughter fate turns a dark tale even darker by the tragic fall of the curtain.

Rigoletto’s score is much loved for such tuneful and famous numbers as La Donna E Mobile sung by the carefree Duke, the beautiful Caro Nome from the innocent Gilda, and a wonderful quartet that winds the voices together just as the strands of the plot pointedly entangle.

This production contains nudity, and is sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 10/02/2009

Closing Night: 01/03/2009

Running time: 3h15

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Cast & Creative

Cast

Francesco Meli, Leo Nucci/Paolo Gavanelli, Ekaterina Siurina, Sara Fulgoni, Kurt Rydl, Elizabeth Sikora, Iain Paterson, Changhan Lim, Daniel Norman, Vuyani Mlinde

Creative

Director - David McVicar

Producer - Royal Opera

Choreographer - Leah Hausman

Conductor - Daniel Oren

Lighting Designer - Paule Constable

Set Designer - Michael Vale

Music By - Giuseppe Verdi

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