The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi's potent tragedy in David McVicar's production for The Royal Opera. Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke's victims for his irreverent laughter.  When the Duke seduces Rigoletto's daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect.

David McVicar's production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi's heady, spirited dances. The opera's many musical highlights include the ebullient 'La donna e mobile', in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda's exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its
shattering conclusion.

Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletta was his 'best opera'.  He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it - the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler - but he was vindicated by the premiere's huge success in 1851. Rigaletta was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles (Surtitles appear above the stage that is being broadcast and will be part of the transmission we receive on live operatic performances)

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Tuesday 16 January

19:15

DIRECTOR: DAVID McVICAR
STARS:
DIMITRI PLATANIAS
LUCY CROWE
MICHAEL FABIANO

FEATURE TIME: 2hrs 45mins
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