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Rigoletto - The Royal Opera

When:

Sun 18 Feb 2018, 10:40am–1:30pm
Mon 19 Feb 2018, 6:15pm–9:00pm
Wed 21 Feb 2018, 2:00pm–4:45pm

Where: Lido Cinema, Centre Place, 501 Victoria St, Hamilton, Waikato

Restrictions: M

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $20.00
  • Senior: $16.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: richard159

Recorded Live at the Royal Opera House in London,

David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s potent and tragic opera is conducted by Alexander Joel, with an excellent cast led by Dimitri Platanias, Lucy Crowe and Michael Fabiano.

This production contains brief nudity and scenes of a sexual nature.

Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto, based on Victor Hugo’s play Le Roi s’amuse, 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.

Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas.

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 è 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.

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