Giuseppe Verdi


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

Tour dates


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. Thomas Blunt will conduct the Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra.

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.

Performances for Schools

We are delighted to be able to have a Performance for Schools at Glyndebourne on 22 October 2019.

Creative Team

Thomas Blunt

Christiane Lutz

Set Designer
Christian Tabakoff

Costume Designer
Natascha Maraval

Movement Director
Volker Michl

Lighting Designer
Benedikt Zehm

Projection Designer
Anton Trauner


Nikoloz Lagvilava

Vuvu Mpofu

Duke of Manuta
Matteo Lippi

Oleg Budaratskiy

Madeleine Shaw

Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra

The Glyndebourne Chorus

Tour 2019 – an introduction

Support Rigoletto

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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