GIUSEPPE VERDI

Rigoletto

Melodramma in tre atti

From Victor Hugo’s original “Le roi s’amuse”, Giuseppe Verdi produced the first of his “popular trio of operas” (along with Il Trovatore and La traviata), which confirmed his artistic genius in the mid-nineteenth century.

Censorship at the time prevented the representation of a philandering king – depicted as Francis I of France in Victor Hugo’s work – so Verdi replaced him with an anonymous Duke of Mantua (perhaps alluding to Vincenzo I Gonzaga). However the true protagonist of the opera is Rigoletto, the court jester, a sad clown imbued with the sense of the dramatic, that had no precedents in the history of Opera. The passions of other characters are woven around Rigoletto: the utopian and betrayed love of the daughter Gilda, the cocksure and cynical duke of Mantua, the voluptuous Maddalena, the double-crossing of the Courtiers. A tale destined to end in tragedy, in pursuit of the “terrible” vendetta plotted by Rigoletto to save the honour of his daughter. In fact it is Rigoletto who suffers the consequences.

TCBO production

19 | 21 | 23 | 27 | 30 March 2019

Event concluded

PRESENTING PARTNER:

TUE | 19 | MAR | Turno Prima | H: 20.00
THU | 21 | MAR | Turno B | H: 20.00
SAT | 23 | MAR | Turno C | H: 18.00
WED | 27 | MAR | Turno A | H: 20.00
SAT | 30 | MAR | Turno D | H: 15.30

CAST

RIGOLETTO

IL DUCA DI MANTOVA

GILDA

19 | 23 | 27 | 30

SPARAFUCILE

CONTE DI MONTERONE

Nicolò Ceriani

MARULLO

Abraham García González

MATTEO BORSA

Rosolino Claudio Cardile

CONTE DI CEPRANO

Simone Marchesini

CONTESSA DI CEPRANO

UN USCIERE

Gianluca Monti

COMPOSER

Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) is the opera composer who most brings to mind the Italian identity, as during his lengthy career he embodied the values and most intimate sentiments of a fragmented country which learnt to speak Italian through his music and songs. One of Verdi’s favourite themes was the contradictions in the relationship between parent and child, interpreted in masterpieces such as Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La traviata, Simon Boccanegra and Luisa Miller.

STAGE DESIGN

DAVIDE AMADEI

COSTUME DESIGN

CARLA RICOTTI

LIGHTING DESIGN

CLAUDIO SCHMID

LIGHTING

DANIELE NALDI

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

VALENTINA BRUNETTI

STAGE SET MANAGEMENT 

ISA TRAVERSI

 CHOIR CONDUCTOR

ALBERTO MALAZZI

In cooperation with ‘Scuola di Teatro di Bologna Alessandra Galante Garrone’