Opera

Rigoletto

Verdi

22 June – 01 July 2021

“The time for vengeance has come. I've been waiting thirty days, crying tears of blood behind my jester's mask.”
RIGOLETTO

How could a jester ever make a King tremble? Above all, monsters reveal the monstrosity of the societies that engender them. Thus the July Monarchy could not tolerate the mirror held up to it by Le Roi s'amuse: the day after the premiere on 22 November 1832, the censors sealed the fate of Victor Hugo's tragedy.

Twenty years later, Verdi saw in Triboulet's antics a theatre worthy of Shakespeare and set about turning it into an opera. With Rigoletto, which would become the first part of his popular trilogy, the composer accomplished his revolution: bel canto yielded to the necessities of drama. In the dismal night of Mantua, song expresses the grace and the ugliness, the sublime and the absurdity of this accursed jester who wants to save his daughter and ultimately kills her.

Recognising all the force of a dance of death in this music, Richard Brunel sets his staging within the strict and hierarchical framework of a ballet - a place of excellence and humiliation - he replaces the deformed body of the jester with the invisible violence of normalized, carefully selected and mutilated bodies. Never stealing the drama from the eyes of this micro-society, he endeavours to reconstruct a story of revenge, from repression to the final deed.

Rigoletto, opera in three acts first
Performed at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, March 11, 1851

New production Opéra national de Lorraine

Coproduction Opéra de Rouen Normandie, Opéra de Toulon, Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

Libretto
Francesco Maria Piave, d’après la pièce de Victor Hugo, Le Roi s’amuse

Music
Giuseppe Verdi

 
Conductor

Alexander Joel

Lorraine National Opera Orchestra and Chorus


Director

Richard Brunel

Sets

Etienne Pluss

Costumes

Thibault Vancraenenbroeck

Lighting

Laurent Castaingt

Stage movements

Maxime Thomas

Dramaturgy

Catherine Ailloud Nicolas

Assistant to the Stage Director

Alex Crestey


The Duke of Mantua

Alexey Tatarintsev

Rigoletto

Juan Jesús Rodríguez

Gilda

Rocío Pérez

Sparafucile

Őnay Köse

Maddalena

Francesca Ascioti

Comte Monterone

Pablo Lopez

Marullo

Francesco Salvadori

Borsa

Bo Zhao

Count Ceprano

Samuel Namotte

With the support of

Calendar

  • Tue. 22 June 2021
    20:00
    National Opera of Lorraine
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  • Fri. 25 June 2021
    20:00
    National Opera of Lorraine
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  • Sun. 27 June 2021
    15:00
    National Opera of Lorraine
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  • Tue. 29 June 2021
    20:00
    National Opera of Lorraine
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  • Thu. 01 July 2021
    20:00
    National Opera of Lorraine
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The performance on Sunday June 27 at 3 p.m. offers a Sunday workshop and will be available with audio-description.

Duration
2h40 with interval
performed in Italian with surtitles

Conference
1 hour before the start of the performance (free, upon presentation of ticket)

Gallery

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