RIGOLETTO

XXXII Opera Season – Not part of the Season Ticket


RIGOLETTO

Opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi with a libretto by F. M. Piave based on the drama by Le roi s’amuse, de V. Hugo.
Premiered at the Teatro La Fenice of Venice on the 11th of March 1851.

Musical production Teatro Cervantes de Malaga
Stage production Teatro Villamarta de Jerez de la Frontera

Antonio Gandia   Duke of Mantua  
Juan Jesus Rodriguez   Rigoletto  
Sabina Puertolas   Gilda 
Felipe Bou   Sparafucile
Sandra Ferrandez   Maddalena 
Monterone  to be determined             
Condesa de Ceprano   to be determined 
Giovanna   to be determined
Marullo   to be determined 
Borsa  to be determined 
Paje   to be determined 
Un ujier  to be determined 

Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra
Malaga Opera Choir

Stage director Franciso Lopez
Chorus director Mar Muñoz
Conductor rturo Diez Boscovich

With Rigoletto, Verdi initiated the trilogy later completed with La traviata and Il trovatore (1853) and which won him great popularity; works of the middle period of his composing career which would consolidate the mature musical style of the genius of Busseto.
This opera is fundamental in Verdi's work and in the history of opera for many reasons. In Rigotetto, the composer abandoned historical and patriotic subjects in favour of more ethical and existential ones; the usual heroes are not princes or warriors, but rather marginal characters who represent human beings in all their complexity. For the first time, singing is at the service of drama and not vice versa. There is a perfect construction on stage of a powerful story, one of contempt of the powerful towards the weak and of violence and domination of men over women, matters that were bravely presented to the public in 1851: realism and romanticism hand in hand in a score that boasts famous arias, including ‘La donna è mobile’, ‘Questa o quella’, ‘Parmi veder le lagrime’ (Duke of Mantua), ‘Caro nome’ (Gilda), ‘Pari Siamo’ (Rigoletto)–, duets –‘È il sol dell´anima’ (Duke and Gilda), ‘Lassú in cielo’ (Gilda and Rigoletto)– and the sublime quartet ‘Bella figlia dell’amore’ (Duke, Gilda, Rigoletto and Maddalena).
Because of its emotional strength, the vocal role of Rigoletto is one of most important of the lyrical repertoire for baritones. Although it allows singers to showcase their talent, it requires great interpretation skills given the complexity of the character’s emotional evolution.
                                                                                                                            

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