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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. Running time 3 hoursPerformers Paolo Gavanelli (Rigoletto - Jun 10/13/16/18mat/21/23/25), Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Rigoletto - Jul 6/9/13), Anna Netrebko (Gilda - Jun 10/13/16/18mat/21/23/25), Ekaterina Siurina (Gilda - Jul 6/9/13), Piotr Beczala (Duke of Mantua - Jun 10/13/16/18mat/21/23/25), Rolando Villazon (Duke of Mantua - Jul 6/9/13), Eric Halfvarson (Sparafucile), Marina Domashenko (Maddalena - Jun 10/13/16/18mat/21/23/25), Viktoria Vizin (Maddalena - Jul 6/9/13), Graeme Broadbent (Count Ceprano), Elizabeth Sikora (Giovanna), Darren Jeffery (Monterone - Jun 10/13/16/18mat/Jul 6/9/13), Giovan Battista Parodi (Monterone - Jun 21/23/25), Robert Murray (Borsa), Jared Holt (Marullo).
Music Verdi. Lyrics Francesco Maria Piave. Book by Victor Hugo. Corporate Sponsor The Jean Sainsbury Royal Opera House Fund. Corporate Sponsor The Friends of Covent Garden. Producer Royal Opera House. Director David McVicar. Design Michael Vale. Costume Tanya McCallin. Lighting Paule Constable. Choreographer Leah Mausman. Conductor Edward Downes.
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