Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901) Rigoletto
Melodramma in three acts
Libretto by Francesco Maria-Piave, after The Prince’s Play by Victor Hugo
Created on 11 March 1851 at the Teatro La Fenice
|Musical direction||Gianandrea Noseda|
|Stage direction||Robert Carsen|
|Stage design||Radu Boruzescu|
|Light design||Robert Carsen and Peter van Praet|
|Il Duca di Mantova||Arturo Chacon Cruz|
|Maddalena||Jose Maria Lo Monaco|
|Il Conte di Monterone||Wojtek Smilek|
|Il Conte di Ceprano||Maurizio Lo Piccolo*|
|La Contessa di Ceprano / Paggio||Valeria Tornatore|
|Chorus||Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir|
|Orchestra||London Symphony Orchestra|
Production / Coproduction
Festival d’Aix-en-Provence new production
In coproduction with the Opéra national du Rhin, La Monnaie / De Munt in Brussels, The Moscow Bolshoi Theater and the Grand Théâtre de Genève
Cursed. Damned. Nature and society combined
Have shaped me with a warped and grudging mind.
Comedy and crippledom have made me bitter.
I’m tired of making titled dim-wits titter.
Even in dreams when I escape
Out of my world I still wake up this shape.
All I’m good for, all my life and worth
Depends on moving men I loathe to mirth.
It’s so humiliating.
Victor Hugo, The Prince’s Play, trans. by Tony Harrison (London: Faber and Faber, 1996)
«What a curse!» It is because court jesters know that life is tragic that they are able to take up this profession. As soon as he is cursed by his outraged father, Rigoletto understands that this malediction will soon or later wreak havoc, whereas his master, the carefree Duke of Mantova, remains totally oblivious to it. It is precisely by trying to avert catastrophe that Rigoletto provokes it. By overprotecting his beloved daughter Gilda from life’s turmoil, he ends up loosing her. Adapting Victor Hugo’s colourful melodrama, Giuseppe Verdi composed one of his greatest masterpieces. Rather than lingering complacently on dark and violent situations, the Italian composer has livened it up with unbridled parties, passionate love declarations and elated duets between father and daughter. Eagerly awaited, Robert Carsen returns this summer to the Festival to stage an opera full of biting humour on which he has never worked before. He will be collaborating with conductor Gianandrea Noseda, one of the torchbearers of the great tradition of Italian maestri devoted to Verdi’s passionate music.
*Former artist of the Académie européenne de musique
On 4, 6, 9, 12, 16, 19, 21, 24 and 26 July 2013 at 9:30pm and on 14 July at 10pm
Prices: 240€, 190€, 110€, 55€ and 30€
Youth price: 15€
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2h30 interval included
Performance with an audiodescription on 16 July
Performance in Italian with French and English surtitles
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Live broadcast on 12 July on Arte and Arte Live Web
Live broadcast on 9 July on Radio Classique