It is no wonder that Rigoletto is one of the most beloved operas of all time, with strong characters and plot developments that take their cues from the deep fears of the lead role. More than 150 years since it was first produced it has not lost any of its charm or relevance and is still a renowned piece of work. The upcoming production for the Royal Opera is presented by David McVicar and will get to the bottom of Verdi’s themes as the 16th century comes back to life onstage. With a strong cast leading the way, including Wookyung Kim as the Duke of Mantua and Paolo Gavanelli Dmitri Hvorostovsky both taking on the title role of Rigolleto, it is certain to be a popular choice for opera lovers come October 2010.
The show has taken on many different forms over the years and perhaps the most famous of them is Sir Jonathan Miller’s edition that transported the action to Little Italy in the 1950s, with a Mafia-style theme. David McVicar’s version, however, will be the original version by Guiseppe Verdi, with the Duke residing over 16th century Mantua.
Rigoletto is a court jester who performs for the Duke of Mantua whose deep fears are made all the worse by the kidnapping of her daughter Gilda at the hands of the womanising Duke. Rigoletto is gripped with fear for her safety and is well aware that the Duke will have a sexual purpose at the heart of her abduction. So he decides that he will take matters into his own hands and hires someone take out the man for whom he works and to return his daughter to safety. A tale of love, jealousy and fear, it is a dark story and one that is likely to grip audiences of the Royal Opera all over again when it appears later in the year.
The three-act opera was first seen by audiences in Venice back in 1851 and is held in high regard – some feeling “Rigoletto” to be amongst the Italian composer’s best work. The first time it was seen by UK audiences was in 1853 at the Royal Opera House and since then it has become a classic that will be welcomed back with open arms in 2010.
Rigolleto is performed by the Royal Opera from Monday 11th October 2010 to Saturday 6th November 2010.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 13th February 2014|
|Booking Until:||Friday, 14th March 2014|
|Matinees:||Saturday 14th April 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Various dates, 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours 50 minutes|
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