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Opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901). Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave based on the drama by Victor Hugo.

Verdi’s timeless tragedy

  • Length

    2 hours 30 mins, incl. 1 interval

  • Where

    Göteborg Opera, Main Stage

  • Genre


  • Language

    Italian, with titles in Swedish and English.

  • Price

    150–690 kr

  • Accessibility

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Paternal love, desire, deadly revenge and immortal music. Verdi’s intense drama Rigoletto is a masterpiece from beginning to end.

As a hated lackey of the ruling elite, Rigoletto moves between heaven and hell, between society’s eccentric, glamorous heights and its sordid underworld. Rigoletto’s aim in life is to protect his daughter Gilda from the evils of the world. But Gilda doesn’t want protecting. Eager to live to the full, she falls hopelessly in love with the philandering Duke of Mantua. A joy for life is mixed with despair, omnipotence with powerlessness. Rigoletto soon has no option but to make a fateful decision.

German director David Bösch takes a heartfelt look at people and their dramas. His minimalist, ingeniously lit production highlights the human drama in a ruthless world where joy and hope always remain a faint glimmer just out of reach.

Verdi masterfully portrays his psychological insights through the music, and he personally considered Rigoletto to be his best opera. The title role is sung by Icelandic baritone Ólafur Sigurdarson, who in recent years has appeared as Alberich in our production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. His daughter Gilda is sung by our house soloist Ida Falk Winland, whose debut in the role at the Royal Swedish Opera left the audience and critics grasping for superlatives. Italian tenor Davide Giusti appears as her lover, the Duke of Mantua. On the conductor’s podium is his compatriot Francesco Angelico, Music Director at the Staatstheater Kassel and a frequent guest conductor at leading international opera houses.

Duke of MantuaDavide Giusti
SparafucileMats Almgren
Count of MonteroneAnders Lorentzson
Count of CepranoErik Rosenius
Countess of CepranoPauliina Sairanen
An officerMikael Simlund


One hour prior to each opera on the Main Stage, we present an introduction to the evening’s performance in Swedish. They last around 20 minutes and are held on the Small Stage.

Admission is free with a booked ticket, which you can book via the link below.

Please note: introductions are presented in Swedish, and there is no introduction before the premiere performance.

Book tickets and learn more about our introductions, panel discussions and open rehearsals


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