Verdi’s dark, knife-twisting tragedy makes its Glyndebourne debut in a bold new production by Christiane Lutz.
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” 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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The Glyndebourne Tour is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
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Dates and Times
Glyndebourne 11 October 2019 7.00pm Glyndebourne 14 October 2019 7.00pm Glyndebourne 17 October 2019 7.00pm Glyndebourne 24 October 2019 4.00pm Glyndebourne 27 October 2019 4.00pm Glyndebourne 30 October 2019 4.00pm Glyndebourne 2 November 2019 4.00pm
Canterbury 6 November 2019 7.15pm Canterbury 9 November 2019 7.15pm
Milton Keynes 13 November 2019 7.15pm Milton Keynes 16 November 2019 7.15pm
Liverpool 23 November 2019 7.15pm
Woking 27 November 2019 7.15pm Woking 30 November 2019 7.15pm
Norwich 4 December 2019 7.15pm Norwich 7 December 2019 7.15pm