Sex. Power. Corruption.
Who could have known that since the first performance of Verdi's Rigoletto in 1851 that Italian politics would have changed so little?
Director Lindy Hume's brand new production of the hugely popular opera takes the classic tale to modern Italy where the all-powerful Duke of Mantua holds court surrounded by fawning politicians and party girls.
Celebrating everything there is to love about Italian culture from high gloss palaces and fashion to the seedier underbelly, Rigoletto's thrilling score features the well-known aria 'La donna è mobile' amongst many others. Some of Australia's finest singers, including Queensland's own international tenor Rosario La Spina, will join the Opera Queensland Chorus and Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by their Chief Conductor Johannes Fritzsch.
"a highly theatrical production where visual spectacle combined with emotionally charged scenes ... makes this a Rigoletto to remember" The Opera Critic
"Thrilling is the only word to describe the Opera Queensland Chorus in their choral passages, while the Queensland Symphony Orchestra has rarely played better under the baton of Johannes Fritzsch." Stage Whispers review of Opera Queensland's Otello, 2013.
Other info: Sung in Italian with projected English translations. The performance features strobe lighting.
Cast and Creatives:
Conductor - Johannes Fritzsch
Director - Lindy Hume
Designer- Richard Roberts
Rigoletto - Michael Lewis
Duke of Mantua - Rosario La Spina
Gilda - Elena Xanthoudakis
Sparafucile - Jud Arthur
*Free pre-performance talks about each opera commence 45 minutes before each opera performance and last approximately 20 minutes. For Rigoletto, the talks will take place in the river end of the Balcony Foyer of the Lyric Theatre (i.e. Balcony One).