In a new version by the acclaimed director Jonathan Miller, Verdi’s classic opera Rigoletto returned to the London Coliseum in a gripping story of revenge and jealousy which was one of the operatic highlights of the year.
Rigoletto is a tragic story of jealousy and revenge, telling the tale of the quick witted Rigoletto as he promises to take revenge on dissolute Duke, having been shipped to New York’s Little Italy in the 1950s.
Rigoletto is known for his razor-sharp humour and being a joker, but sometimes he can take it too far and fall into trouble. When a wisecrack begins a feud which is far from a joke, he begins to worry that he may not have the last laugh. With the dissolute Duke making advances on his daughter, Rigoletto readies himself to get his own back. Fast paced and enthralling, this story is bound to keep audience members gripped.
Nicholas Pallesen takes the lead role of Rigoletto, while lyric tenor Joshua Guerrero plays the Duke and Sydney Mancasola is Gilda. The supporting cast includes Madeleine Shaw as Maddalena, Barnaby Rea as Sparafucile, Nicholas Folwell as Monterone, Anthony Flaum as Borsa, Matthew Durkan as Marullo and Andri Bjorn Robertsson as Ceprano.
Rigoletto featured some of opera’s most loved music, including “Women Abandon Us”. Conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong, the opera featured design by Patrick Robertson and Rosemary Vercoe and lighting by Robert Bryan.
Rigoletto first premiered in Venice on 11th March 1851, being an adaptation of Le roi s’amuse by French novelist Victor Hugo. Considered by many as the first operatic masterpieces of Verdi’s middle to late career, Rigoletto has gone on to be performed countless times.
Being greatly lauded by opera lovers, Verdi’s Rigoletto began performances at the London Coliseum on 2nd February 2017 and continued for a strictly limited run until 28th February 2017.