David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’. He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas. Approximate Run Time: 2 hours 45 min incl. one Intermission. Sung in Italian w/English titles.
Thursday, February 8 at 2pm and 6:30pm