Giuseppe Verdi

Rigoletto

Words are weapons. Sometimes they misfire.

30 Oct–21 Nov 2024

Priority Booking Dates

ENO Supporters
From 15 May at 12.00

ENO Friends
Platinum and Gold Friends
From 21 May at 12.00
Silver and Bronze Friends
From 24 May at 12.00

Access Scheme Members
From 24 May at 12.00

Public Booking
From 5 June at 12.00

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Full of melodies that are now the musical backdrop of modern life, Verdi’s Rigoletto is one of the world’s best-loved operas. Jonathan Miller’s production is the godfather of the genre. Set in Little Italy in 1950’s New York, it is a terrific night out: a fast-paced gangster saga of jealousy, love and revenge.

The story of Rigoletto

The title character is a wise-cracking mobster who uses words as weapons. But he shoots his mouth off once too often and a misplaced joke sparks a deadly vendetta. Now the joke’s on Rigoletto as the depraved Duke seduces his daughter, Gilda. Rigoletto vows to avenge her honour and his family name.

The score of Rigoletto

Verdi’s score features some of the most familiar and recognisable music in all opera. ‘La donna è mobile’ – ‘Women abandon us’ – has been taken up by everyone from film producers to Venetian gondoliers, entering the popular imagination. So, as well as the excitement of the gangster staging, expect to be left humming those memorable melodies for the next week or two.

The singers of Rigoletto

Internationally renowned conductor and former Music Director of Opera North, Richard Farnes will conduct Verdi’s exciting score. Weston Hurt leads the cast in the title role, alongside Yongzhao Yu as ‘The Duke’ and Robyn Allegra Parton as Rigoletto’s infatuated daughter, Gilda.

ENO Harewood artists are represented by Amy Holyland, singing Maddalena, the assassin’s sister and Patrick Alexander Keefe as Marullo. William Thomas, who will sing Sparafucile, is a former ENO Harewood artist. This revival is directed by Elaine Tyler-Hall.

 

Jonathan Miller’s iconic New York mafiosi staging is as dramatic and complex as ever

The Guardian

Priority Booking Dates

ENO Supporters
From 15 May at 12.00

ENO Friends
Platinum and Gold Friends
From 21 May at 12.00
Silver and Bronze Friends
From 24 May at 12.00

Access Scheme Members
From 24 May at 12.00

Public Booking
From 5 June at 12.00

Book now
Running Time
2hrs 45mins

There are two intervals.

Access

We have an Access Scheme for our audiences with a disability, a health condition, or different access needs to ensure everyone has a comfortable and enjoyable visit.

Tickets
Tickets start at just £10 plus £3.75 booking fee and £1.50 building levy per ticket. A maximum of £10.50 per transaction is charged.
Language
Sung in English with the words displayed above the stage (Surtitles)

Age guidance: 15+

For more information, please contact our box office on 020 7845 9300 or [email protected]

Small plates at the London Coliseum

Enhance your opera experience

Join us before the show for classic Italian ‘cicchetti’ and Spanish tapas, followed by dessert during the interval.

Food and Drink

Discover Rigoletto

Rigoletto Opera Creative Team 2024

Richard Farnes

Conductor

Jonathan Miller

Director

Elaine Tyler-Hall

Revival Director

Patrick Robertson and Rosemary Vercoe

Designers

Robert Bryan

Original Lighting Designer

Ian Jackson-French

Revival Lighting Designer

Tommy Shaw

Choreographer

James Fenton

Translator

Rigoletto Opera Cast 2024

Weston Hurt

Rigoletto

Yongzhao Yu

Duke of Mantua

Robyn Allegra Parton

Gilda

William Thomas

Sparafucile

Amy Holyland

Maddalena

David Kempster

Monterone

Patrick Alexander Keefe

Marullo

Edwin Kaye

Ceprano

Rigoletto FAQs

Our performance of Rigoletto is approximately 2hrs 45mins, including two 20-minute intervals.

Yes, Rigoletto is a great opera for beginners. Considered to be one of Verdi’s most popular works, this classic opera features a storyline that is interesting and powerful, and easy to follow. With memorable characters, well-known musical moments and unexpected plot twists – Rigoletto is especially accessible for those not familiar with opera.