Rigoletto

Giuseppe Verdi

Opéra Bastille - from 09 April to 30 May 2016

Rigoletto

Melodramma in three acts (1851)

Music
Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto
Francesco Maria Piave


In italian

Conductor
Nicola Luisotti
Pier Giorgio Morandi
Director
Claus Guth
Il Duca di Mantova
Michael Fabiano
Francesco Demuro
Rigoletto
Quinn Kelsey
Franco Vassallo
Ludovic Tézier
Gilda
Olga Peretyatko
Irina Lungu
Sparafucile
Rafal Siwek
Andrea Mastroni
Maddalena
Vesselina Kasarova
Giovanna
Isabelle Druet
Il Conte di Monterone
Mikhail Kolelishvili
Marullo
Michal Partyka
Matteo Borsa
Christophe Berry
Il Conte di Ceprano
Tiago Matos
La Contessa
Andreea Soare
Paggio della Duchessa
Adriana Gonzalez
Usciere di corte
Florent Mbia
Set design
Christian Schmidt
Costume design
Christian Schmidt
Choreography
Teresa Rotemberg
Lighting design
Olaf Winter
Dramaturgy
Konrad Kuhn
Video
Andi A. Müller
Chorus master
José Luis Basso

Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus

French and English surtitles

This production will be recorded for television.

A coproduction by the Paris Opera and Fra production with support from the CNC and directed by François Roussillon.
Broadcast in cinemas on 26 April, on Culture Box as of 28 April and on France 2 at a later date.
Broadcast live on France Musique on 28 May.

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"Gentlemen, give an old man back his daughter. To give her back will cost you nothing, my daughter is all I have in this world. Have pity, gentlemen, have pity."

- Rigoletto, Act II


“Oh! Victor Hugo’s Le Roi s’amuse is the greatest subject, and perhaps the greatest drama of modern times. It’s a work worthy of Shakespeare!” A few months before he wrote those words to Francesco Maria Piave urging him to “turn Venice upside down and persuade the Censor to authorise the subject” – no easy matter given that moral values would be easily offended – Verdi was working on an adaptation of King Lear. No doubt, he was already imbued with the play by his revered master, Shakespeare, when he read Victor Hugo's drama. On discovering in the works of the French writer to whom he would owe Ernani, the greatest triumph of his “difficult years”, a parallel with the triangle formed by the King, his daughter and the jester, it was “like a thunderbolt, an inspiration”.

Between the frivolous, licentious Duke, and Gilda, a victim of the ignorance which holds her captive, stands the double-faceted character of the hunchback, both buffoon and curse-obsessed father. Monstrous and heartrending, grotesque and sublime, the title role reaches its apogee in the aria “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata”, whose descending movement, from the explosion of rage to the moment of entreaty, confirms the composer’s ability to adapt a form inherited from bel canto to theatrical realism. Under the baton of Nicola Luisotti, this new production of Rigoletto marks director Claus Guth’s first collaboration with the Paris Opera.

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