Royal Opera House: Rigoletto

Royal Opera House: Rigoletto
  • 2018
  • Directed by: David McVicar
  • Cast: Dimitri Platanias, Lucy Crowe, Micheal Fabiano
  • UK release: 16 January 2018

David McVicar’s production of Verdi's tragedy highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua.

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The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdis potent tragedy in David McVicars production for The Royal Opera.Director: David McVicarConductor: Alexander JoelStarring: Dimitri Platanias, Lucy Crowe, Michael Fabiano.Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Dukes victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigolettos daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect…David McVicars production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdis heady, spirited dances. The operas many musical highlights include the ebullient La donna mobile, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women;Gildas 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. State censors initially objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler - but he was vindicated by the premieres huge success in 1851. Rigoletto has remained one of the most popular of all operas. (2hr 45min)

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