Introduction

New production of Verdi’s crowning glory

Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s beloved daughter Gilda, the curse seems doomed to take effect in a story that quickens to a shattering, tragic conclusion.
The new Savonlinna Opera Festival production of Rigoletto was inspired by the direction of Sir David McVicar for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Award-winning McVicar creates powerful scenes showing human relations in all their stark, physical reality.

Conductor: Philippe Auguin 
Stage director: David McVicar 
Stage design and costumes: Tanya McCallin
Chorus master: Matti Hyökki


Info

Performances:  
10.7. (premiere),
13.7., 15.7., 18.7., 20.7., 22.7.2017 at 19

Sung in Italian. 
Finnish and English surtitles.

Duration approximately 2 hours 50 minutes. One interval.

Note: This production contains some nudity.

Cast includes:
Rame Lahaj (Duke of Mantua), Kirill Manolov (Rigoletto), Tuuli Takala, Hanna Rantala (Gilda), Merja Mäkelä (Giovanna), Mika Kares 10.7., 13.7., 15.7., 18.7. / Taras Shtonda 20.7., 22.7. (Sparafucile), Katarina Giotas (Maddalena), Juha Pikkarainen (Monterone), Mikko Järviluoto (Ceprano), Jussi Merikanto (Marullo), Juha Riihimäki (Borsa)
Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra
Savonlinna Opera Festival Choir