Giuseppe Verdi


Verdi’s dark, knife-twisting tragedy makes its Glyndebourne debut in a bold new production by Christiane Lutz.

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Dates and times


Public booking opens on Monday 3 June. Tour Members have priority booking.

11 October 2019 7.00pm
14 October 2019 7.00pm
17 October 2019 7.00pm
24 October 2019 4.00pm
27 October 2019 4.00pm
30 October 2019 4.00pm
2 November 2019 4.00pm


The Duke has it all: money, power, looks, and any woman he wants – any woman, that is, except Gilda, the innocent young daughter of hunchbacked jester Rigoletto. But when Gilda is kidnapped and seduced by his master, Rigoletto plots revenge – with tragic results.

Verdi’s own favourite opera, Rigoletto is a tragedy of Shakespearean scope, a disturbing psychological portrait of a man caught in a corrupt world, an outsider in a system built on power and privilege. A dramatic score, heavy with menace, includes many of Verdi’s greatest tunes, including ‘La donna e mobile’. Rising star Christiane Lutz directs Glyndebourne’s first ever production, reimagining Verdi’s classic drama for our own age.

After his ‘marvellous’ (The Guardian) Pinkerton in 2016’s Madama Butterfly, Matteo Lippi returns to the Glyndebourne Tour as the seductive, power-hungry Duke. Georgian baritone Nikoloz Lagvilava makes his Glyndebourne debut as Rigoletto, with prize-winning South African soprano Vuvu Mpofu as his daughter Gilda, and Oleg Budaratskiy as assassin Sparafucile.

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Would you like to be part of a dedicated Circle of supporters who bring Rigoletto to Glyndebourne for the very first time? Why not join the Rigoletto production syndicate or the Court Jester Circle and in return you will be given an insight into our work; bringing you closer to the heart of Glyndebourne.
Find out how you can support Rigoletto

The Glyndebourne Tour is supported using public funding by Arts Council England

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