The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera.
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.
Duration: Approx 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one interval
Sung in Italian with English subtitles. An Opera in three acts.
Rigoletto: Dimitri Platanias
Gilda: Lucy Crowe
Duke of Mantua: Michael Fabiano
Music: Giuseppe Verdi
Director: David McVicar
Conductor: Alexander Joel
'Encore' screenings have been recorded live and released for broadcast at a later date, shown in cinemas around the UK.