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Rigoletto

Gran Teatre del Liceu: AuditorioumBarcelona, Catalonia, 08002, Spain
Dates/times in Madrid time zone
Friday 03 December 202119:00
Saturday 04 December 202119:00
Sunday 05 December 202118:00
Thursday 09 December 202119:00
Friday 10 December 202119:00
Sunday 12 December 202118:00
Monday 13 December 202119:00
Tuesday 14 December 202119:00
Friday 17 December 202119:00
Saturday 18 December 202119:00
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Programme
Verdi, Giuseppe (1813-1901)RigolettoLibretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Performers
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Daniele CallegariConductor
Monique WagemakersDirector
Michael LevineSet Designer
Sandy PowelCostume Designer
Reinier TweebeekeLighting Designer
Christopher MaltmanBaritoneRigolettoNov 28, Dec 01, 03, 05, 10, 12, 14, 18
Markus BrückBaritoneRigolettoNov 30, Dec 02, 04, 09, 13, 17, 19
Olga PeretyatkoSopranoGildaNov 28, Dec 01, 03, 05, 10, 12, 14, 18
Aigul KhismatullinaSopranoGildaNov 30, Dec 02, 04, 09, 13, 17, 19
Benjamin BernheimTenorThe Duke of MantuaNov 28, Dec 01, 05, 10, 14, 18
Saimir PirguTenorThe Duke of MantuaNov 30, Dec 02, 04, 09, 13, 17, 19
José BrosTenorThe Duke of MantuaDec 03, 12
Grigory ShkarupaBassSparafucileNov 28, Dec 01, 03, 05, 10, 12, 14, 18
Liang LiBassSparafucileNov 30, Dec 02, 04, 09, 13, 17, 19
Rinat ShahamMezzo-sopranoMaddalenaNov 28, Dec 01, 03, 04, 05, 10, 12, 14, 18
Nino SurguladzeMezzo-sopranoMaddalenaNov 30, Dec 02, 09, 13, 17, 19
Laura VilaMezzo-sopranoGiovanna
Stefano PalatchiBassCount Ceprano
Sara BañerasMezzo-sopranoCountess Ceprano
Moisés MarínTenorBorsa
Mattia DentiBassMonterone
Coro del Gran Teatre del Liceu
Orquesta Sinfónica del Gran Teatre del Liceu

Coproduction: Gran Teatre del Liceu and Teatro Real

In a letter to his librettist Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi wrote: “Oh! Victor Hugo's Le Roi s’amuse deals with the greatest of themes and is perhaps the most important play of modern times. It's worthy of Shakespeare!”. He was working on an adaptation of King Lear at the time but then returned to Hugo, to whom he owed the greatest triumph of his most difficult years: Ernani.

The irresistible threesome of the king, his daughter and the court jester came as flash of inspiration to Verdi. Between the shallow, lecherous Duke (Hugo's king) and Gilda, who is both a victim and captive of ignorance, he places Rigoletto, the wonderful, ambivalent hunchback whose paradise is the peaceful home and family he struggles to protect. Despite his outward deformity, Rigoletto is passionately loving being, but also a monstruous father, obsessed by a curse, who is harrowing, grotesque and sublime in equal measure. His star aria, “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata”, takes him from indomitable rage to humble supplication, attesting to Verdi's ability to adapt a form he inherited from bel canto to dramatic realism.

Monique Wagemakers' exuberant production, with its delightful Venetian red costumes, focusses on the themes of ill-treatment, the quest for identity, and the abuse of power over the defenceless, as shown by the Duke's domination of Rigoletto and Rigoletto's domination of his daughter. Precisely the contradictions and conflicts on which the whole extraordinary score rests.

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