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Opera

Rigoletto

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 h 30 mins, including interval

  • Where

    Main Stage

  • Genre

    Opera

  • Language

    Italian. With Swedish and English titles.

  • Price

    150–690 kr

  • Accessibility

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Love, abuse of power, deadly revenge and immortal music. Verdi’s intense drama Rigoletto is a masterpiece from beginning to end.

“World class” (DN)
Go and see this masterpiece!” (Borås Tidning)
“Excellent performances” (GP)
“Minimal but sophisticated set design” (Borås Tidning)

 

As a hated lackey of the ruling elite, Rigoletto moves between society’s eccentric, glamorous heights and its sordid underworld. Rigoletto’s aim in life is to (over)protect his daughter Gilda from the evils of the world. But Gilda wants to live to the full and falls hopelessly in love with the philandering Duke of Mantua. The Duke’s omnipotence stands against Rigoletto’s powerlessness, Gilda’s joy for life against her father’s despair. Rigoletto soon has no option but to make a fateful decision.

Verdi masterfully portrays his psychological insights through the music, while German director David Bösch takes a heartfelt look at the people and their dramas. His ingeniously lit production highlights the human drama in a ruthless world.

The title role is performed by David Kempster and Ólafur Sigurdarson, the daughter Gilda is sung by Ida Falk Winland and her lover the Duke of Mantua (with the aria ”La donna è mobile”) is performed by Davide Giusti. On the conductor’s podium is Francesco Angelico, Music Director at the Staatstheater Kassel and a frequent guest conductor at leading international opera houses.

Trailer

Duke of MantuaDavide Giusti
Duke of Mantua (24/4)Long Long
Rigoletto (25 & 29 May)David Kempster
Gilda (10/5)Sofie Asplund
SparafucileMats Almgren
Giovanna (10/5)Erika Tordeus
Count of MonteroneAnders Lorentzson
Count of CepranoErik Rosenius
Countess of CepranoPauliina Sairanen
An officerMikael Simlund

The Göteborg Opera Men’s Chorus

The Göteborg Opera Orchestra

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Introductions

One hour prior to each Main Stage opera, we offer an introduction to the evening’s performance. Introductions last around 20 minutes and are presented on the Small Stage. Admission to introductions is free with a ticket to the show.

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

Learn more about introductions, panel discussions and open rehearsals

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