Poster pour The Royal Opera – Rigoletto

The Royal Opera - Rigoletto

2 h 45 min

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The Royal Opera - Rigoletto

2 h 45 min


Powered by Dimitri Platanias, this other acclaimed production by McVicar is proving to be one of the darkest, most cruel renderings of this work, which Verdi himself considered as his masterpiece.

Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect. David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include: the ebullient “La donna è mobile”, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.
Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his “best opera”.

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Release Date

21 January 2018
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