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Rigoletto

26 June 2014 – 24 August 2014

Venue: Joan Sutherland Theatre  View Seat Map
Presented by: Opera Australia

Verdi's dark tale Rigoletto, glitters with passion and suspense in a glamorous new production with an all-star cast.

Description

 

The fires are burning merrily in the Duke's palace as beautiful people at magnificent candlelit dinners, party on into the night. Meanwhile, in the streets of Mantua, shadows tread softly.

Words pass between hooded figures, their meaning drowned out by the sounds of drunken revelry. Are they whispering sweet nothings, or bitter secrets? Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference in the gloom.

Verdi's dark tale glitters with passion and suspense in this glamorous new production. Tell your jokes, lock up your daughters and trust nobody.

The fires are burning merrily in the Duke's palace as beautiful people at magnificent candlelit dinners, party on into the night. Meanwhile, in the streets of Mantua, shadows tread softly.

Words pass between hooded figures, their meaning drowned out by the sounds of drunken revelry. Are they whispering sweet nothings, or bitter secrets? Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference in the gloom.

Verdi's dark tale glitters with passion and suspense in this glamorous new production. Tell your jokes, lock up your daughters and trust nobody.

The moment he wrote it, Verdi knew he had a hit on his hands.  So much so that for the first performance of Rigoletto  he rehearsed the Duke's famous aria, 'La donna è mobile' in secret to avoid giving away what was to prove one of the catchiest tunes in opera.

'La donna è mobile'  is just one of many arias in Rigoletto and to serve it well requires exceptional singers.

Verdi is about voice, voice and more voice and Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini is detemined to let Australian audiences hear the finest on the world stage.

The cast for this new production of Rigoletto is a gathering from around the world.  As the swaggering Duke, Mexican tenor Diego Torre and Italian Gianluca Terranova, who performed this role at La Scala and the Arena di Verona.  As Gilda, an Australian star, Emma Matthews.  And taking the momentous step into one of Verdi's most important baritone roles, two singers who have enjoyed immense success in Australia and around the world, Giorgio Caoduro and José Carbó.

Not every singer is discovered on the world stage or developed through the Opera Australia ensemble, however. David Parkin was discovered on television, when he won the role of Sparafucile on Operatunity Oz.

It doesn't really matter what path leads an artist to this demanding repertoire, nothing beats the thrill of hearing great Verdi singing.

Please Note: This production briefly contains partial nudity.

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Artist Information

Conductor: Renato Palumbo (Until 26 July)/Anthony Legge
Director: Roger Hodgman
Set Designer: Richard Roberts
Costume Designer: Tracy Grant Lord
Lighting Designer: Matt Scott

Rigoletto: Giorgio Caoduro (Until 19 July)/Jose Carbo/Warwick Fyfe (26 July evening)

Duke of Mantua: Gianluca Terranova (Until 19 July & 26 July evening)/Diego Torre
Gilda: Emma Matthews/Eva Kong (26 July evening)
Monterone: Genna di Dubinski
Sparafucile: David Parkin (Until 19 July & 26 July evening)/Pelham Andrews
Maddalena: Sian Pendry
Marullo: Luke Gabbedy
Borsa: David Corcoran
Ceprano: Samuel Dundas
Giovanna: Dominica Matthews


Pricing Information

Prices correct at the time of publication and subject to change without notice. Exact prices will be displayed with seat selection.

Standard $44 - $315
Concession* $44 - $284
Booking fee applies per transaction

$8.50 - Contact Centre
$8.50 - Internet
$5.00 - Box Office Counter

Pricing Information Explained

Pricing Information Explained

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* Concessions include: Pensioners, Students and Children under 17.

Concession price not available on Saturday evenings.

Approved exchanges will occur a fee of $18 per ticket.

Performance Dates

A large, public event is taking place on the SOH precinct on Thu 10 July.

This event is currently under embargo so we are not in a position to advise you of the specific details.  However, it is possible that large crowds will begin gathering on the precinct from early to mid morning, prior to the expected event commencement at 1:30pm.

This occurrence may result in car park congestion and unusually high foot traffic congestion.  Planning for early arrival and the use of public transport is recommended.

 

Running Time:
Act 1:  55 mins
Interval :  20 mins
Act 2 :  60 mins

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