Rigoletto | Trailer

Giuseppe Verdi

Coming soon
2h 18m

Miguel del Arco, stage director, is known for being the director of the play Jauría, which inspired this new production. On this occasion, and to show this libretto of drama, passion, deceit and revenge, performed more than 300 times at the Teatro Real, the stage director will use the courtship and kidnapping of Gilda, the protagonist's daughter, to emphasise the helplessness of a woman in the face of a group of men in which society's concept of masculinity is discussed. With the great voices of Javier Camarena, Xabier Anduaga, Ludovic Tézier, Adela Zaharia and Julie Fuchs.


To elevate a jester to a tragic stature comparable of a Macbeth or a Lear is not an easy feat; even more so when it was the first time in the history of opera. The dramatic essence of Shakespeare runs in the veins of this Rigoletto, although, in reality, the story is based on the controversial Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo.

This opera was prohibited in France for more than fifty years, but the Austrian censors authorized it by demoting the king in the title to a duke to diminish the magnitude of the assassination - or in an attempt - which constitutes the crux of the plot.  However, they overlooked the crucial monologues of the jester —«Pari siamo» and «Cortigiani»—, transformed, thanks to the music of Verdi, in two unsuspected expressions of protest and social resentment.

Many-sided, as perhaps no other opera by Verdi - tender but also cruel, interspersed with remarkable strokes of black humour—, Rigoletto is also a heart-wrenching study about parent-child love: a fable about an overprotective father and filial emancipation resolved by the excessive gesturing of the Grand Guignol.

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Melodramma in three acts

Music by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the theatre play Le roi s’amuse (1832) by Victor Hugo

Premiered at Teatro La Fenice in Venice on March 11, 1851

Premiered at the Teatro Real on October 18, 1853

New production of Teatro Real, in coproduction with ABAO Bilbao Ópera and Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville

Principal Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real


Artistic team

Conductor | Nicola Luisotti

Stage director | Miguel del Arco

Set designer | Sven Jonke (Numen/For Use) + Ivana Jonke

Costumes designer | Ana Garay

Lighting designer | Juan Gómez-Cornejo

Choreographer | Luz Arcas

Chorus master | José Luis Basso



Duca di Mantua | Javier Camarena

Rigoletto | Ludovic Tézier

Gilda | Adela Zaharia

Sparafucile | Peixin Chen

Maddalena | Marina Viotti

Giovanna | Cassandre Berthon

Count Monterone | Jordan Shanahan

Marullo | César San Martín

Matteo Borsa | Fabián Lara

Count Ceprano | Tomeu Bibiloni

Countess Ceprano | Sandra Pastrana

A page | Inés Ballesteros


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