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Rigoletto, the hunchbacked court jester wants revenge. His beloved daughter, Gilda, has been abducted and seduced by the Duke and he hires a hit-man to assassinate him. Tragedy prevails in Verdi's masterpiece of love, lust and betrayal. Based on Hugo's Le roi s'amuse
. First performed at La Fenice in Venice on 11 March 1851 Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Approximate running time 2hrs 30minsPerformers Carlo Ventre (until 27 Nov), Peter Bronder (8-11 Dec), Philip Joll (Rigoletto), Grant Dickson (Monterone), Panajotis Iconomou (Sparafucile), Claire Rutter (Gilda), Antonia Sotigiu (Maddalena).
Music Verdi. Lyrics Francesco Maria Piave. Book by Victor Hugo. Company Welsh National Opera. Conductor Julian Smith (except 20-27 Nov). Conductor Antony Walker (20-27 Nov). Design Joe Vanek. Lighting Nick Chelton.
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