A tragic tale of passion, revenge and sacrifice, Verdi’s masterpiece follows the story of the lowly jester Rigoletto, the daughter he loves and the Duke he serves.
Acclaimed director Christopher Alden retells Verdi’s opera through the patriarchal setting of a 19th-century gentleman's club, with sumptuous costumes and rich period detail. Featuring some of the composer’s most immediately recognisable music, including 'La donna è mobile' (Women abandon us), this is a must-see new production of a classic of the opera repertoire.
Rigoletto stars baritone Quinn Kelsey in the title role, while ENO regulars soprano Anna Christy and leading bel canto tenor Barry Banks sing their roles for the first time. Making his first return to ENO in many years is British conductor Graeme Jenkins, the long-time Music Director of the Dallas Opera.
Co-produced by ENO and the Canadian Opera Company
Sung and surtitled in English | Running time: 2hrs 50mins
Signed performance 25 Feb. Pre-performance talk 20 Feb.
Photo: Ekaterina Sadovnikova as Gilda and Quinn Kelsey as Rigoletto in the Canadian Opera Company production of Rigoletto, 2011. Photographer: Michael Cooper.
Duke of Mantua Barry Banks
Gilda Anna Christy
Sparafucile Peter Rose / Matthew Trevino
Maddalena Justina Gringyte
Monterone David Stout
Marullo George Humphreys
Borsa Anthony Gregory
Ceprano Barnaby Rea
Giovanna Diana Montague
Director Christopher Alden
Designer Michael Levine
Lighting Designer Duane Schuler
Translator James Fenton