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Deutsche OperBismarckstraße 35, Berlin, 10627, Germany
February 06, 13, April 27, 30 at 19:30
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Stephan ZiliasConductorFeb 06, 13
Nicholas CarterConductorApr 27, 30
Jan BosseDirector
Stéphane LaiméSet Designer
Kathrin PlathCostume Designer
Markus BrückBaritoneRigoletto
Elena TsallagovaSopranoGildaFeb 06, 13
Siobhan StaggSopranoGildaApr 27, 30
Attilio GlaserTenorThe Duke of MantuaFeb 06, 13
Yosep KangTenorThe Duke of MantuaApr 27, 30
Tobias KehrerBassSparafucileFeb 06, 13
Ievgen OrlovBassSparafucileApr 27, 30
Maiju VaahtoluotoMezzo-sopranoMaddalena, Giovanna
Byung Gil KimBassCount Ceprano
Cornelia KimSopranoCountess Ceprano
Paul KaufmannTenorBorsaFeb 06, 13
James KryshakTenorBorsaApr 27, 30
Samuel Dale JohnsonBaritoneMonterone
Thomas LehmanBassMarullo
Bryan MurrayBaritoneCourt Usher
Amber FasquelleMezzo-sopranoPage
Berlin Deutsche Opera Children's Chorus
Berlin Deutsche Opera Orchestra

"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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