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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.

  • Duration

    2 h 30 mins, including interval

  • Dates

    28 Aug — 24 Sep 2022

  • Stage

    Main Stage

  • Genre


  • Language

    Italian. With Swedish and English titles.

  • Price

    150–690 kr

  • Accessibility

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.


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 Ceprano

Pauliina Sairanen

A page

Tiina Markkanen

An officer

Mikael Simlund

The Göteborg Opera Men’s Chorus

The Göteborg Opera Orchestra

Photos from the performance

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Behind the scenes
Listen to the panel discussion