Drama in three acts with music by Giuseppe Verdi and libretto in Italian by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the theatre play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo. In this opera, Verdi portrays all the deep-rooted passions characteristic of man’s nature. Until it was premiered on 11 March 1851 at Teatro de La Fenice in Venice, the composer suffered agonies as he saw it clash against the walls of censorship of the Lombardy-Venice state authorities [Austrian Empire], as it deals with topics which were far too thorny in Italian society before unification. After making some changes, which did not distort the character or the colour of the work, it was finally premiered to great success.
Rigoletto is the title of the famous “popular trilogy” by the Busseto maestro. Like the heroes in Il trovatore and La traviata, Rigoletto is a social outcast, a hunchbacked who works as a jester in the corrupt court of Mantua in the late 16th century, ruled by the beautiful and young Duke of Mantua, a morbid seducer. When his efforts to safeguard the innocence of his daughter Gilda are shattered by the Duke’s lust, the jester will attempt an impossible revenge.
French conductor Philippe Auguin, one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation and musical director of Washington National Opera and Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, is making his debut in Ópera de Tenerife. Stage management and design are by Mario Pontiggia who mixes the historical sobriety of Mantua with modern details.
Musical Director: Philippe Auguin
Stage Manager and Designer: Mario Pontiggia
Costume Designer: Claudio Martín
Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife
Coro de Ópera de Tenerife
Production. Ópera de Tenerife
Il duca di Mantova: Yijie Shi
Rigoletto: Leo Nucci
Gilda: Leonor Bonilla
Sparafucile: Simon Orfila
Maddalena: Guadalupe Barrientos
Giovanna: Sophie Burns
The show is not available to children aged under 5.
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