Opera & Ballet International presents - Verdi's Rigoletto
The masterpiece they tried to ban
Starring Vladimir Dragos as Rigoletto
Featuring a magnificent golden eagle with a seven-foot wingspan and two royal greyhounds.
A stunning traditional production recapturing the decadence of Renaissance Italy with lavish sets and opulent costumes.
Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto is a dramatic tale of the jester’s daughter whose heart is stolen by a charming but unreliable ruler – and how her father’s attempts to prevent the love affair lead to tragedy. The opera was almost banned because it exposed the licentious behaviour of the powers-that-be at court.
Featuring the two of the most celebrated tenor arias La Donna è Mobile and Questa o Quella justly turned into classics by Caruso, Rigoletto is based on a play by Victor Hugo, who wrote Les Miserables.
Gilda is sung by Alyona Kistenyova, the celebrated international soprano from the Ukrainian National Opera of Odessa. The Duke is sung by the international Spanish tenor Giorgio Meladze who sang with Jose Carreras at the Austrian opera festival Tiroler Festspiele Erl this summer.
‘Brilliantly sung by Vladimir Dragos’ The Times (Royal Albert Hall)
‘Alyona Kistenyova made a touchingly beautiful Gilda and her arias were pure and sweet’ Irish Examiner, Autumn 2014
'A hugely enjoyable production of this unsurpassably wonderful opera' Daily Info, Oxford
'Ellen Kent’s touring performances continually astound with high quality across the board' ★★★★ The Latest.co.uk
Please note, some scenes contain nudity. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.