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Rigoletto

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Deutsche OperBismarckstraße 35, Berlin, Germany
May 03, 07, 11, 17 at 19:30
Performers
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Guillermo García CalvoConductor
Jan BosseDirector
Stéphane LaiméSet Designer
Kathrin PlathCostume Designer
Simon KeenlysideBaritoneRigolettoMay 03, 07, 11
Markus BrückBaritoneRigolettoMay 17
Albina ShagimuratovaSopranoGildaMay 03, 07, 11
Hila FahimaSopranoGildaMay 17
Stephen CostelloTenorThe Duke of MantuaMay 03, 07, 11
Yosep KangTenorThe Duke of MantuaMay 17
Tobias KehrerBassSparafucile
Judit KutasiMezzo-sopranoMaddalena, Giovanna
Byung Gil KimBassCount Ceprano
Sandra HamaouiSopranoCountess Ceprano
Paul KaufmannTenorBorsa
Derek WeltonBassMonterone
Sam Roberts-SmithBaritoneMarullo
Berlin Deutsche Opera Orchestra
Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus

"From a purely theatrical point of view I consider "Rigoletto" to be the best story that I've set to music so far […]. It has really powerful scenes, temperament, pathos, a lot of variety." (Verdi to Antonio Somma, 22.4.1853)

In listing the attributes of his 1851 melodrama, adapted from Victor Hugo's hit play "Le roi s'amuse", Verdi is also describing the challenges that any production of this opera must rise to. RIGOLETTO is a masterpiece whose charm lies precisely in the confrontation between psychological portraiture and the unlikely turns of a fantastical tale, a tale that is half tragedy, half romantic horror story. For better or worse, despite his grotesque physique, the hunchbacked jester-hero has to get his audience laughing. His daughter Gilda seems angelic by contrast - and yet human through and through in her unconditional love and self-sacrifice. This blend of realism and the fantastic makes the RIGOLETTO material a worthy challenge for the great directors. Following on from Hans Neuenfels' successful 20-year run with the work at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Jan Bosse is now grasping the nettle. Since turning to musical theatre in recent years [ORFEO, LA CALISTO] the feted theatre director now delivers not only his first Verdi but also his first work for a Berlin opera house.

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