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Rigoletto – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Opera: Giuseppe Verdi Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave Director: James Macdonald Revival director: Caroline Chaney Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Set in the White House during the Kennedy era, James Macdonald’s revival of Verdi’s Rigoletto was first staged by Welsh National Opera seventeen years ago.  There have been a few adjustments since, and, given our present political state, the production keeps pace with ...

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Scottish Opera: Rigoletto – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi  Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave Director: Matthew Richardson Conductor: Rumon Gamba Reviewer: Dominic Corr Seduction, tangled with an overbearing father all play a part in the turmoil of Rigoletto, the hunchbacked jester. The 1851 libretto opera has been revived by the Scottish Opera following Matthew Richardson’s 2011 production. Now, fully escaping its historical censorship, Rigoletto can serve to ...

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Rigoletto – Bradford Alhambra

Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave Music: Giuseppe Verdi Director: Ellen Kent Reviewer: Ray Taylor It’s a sobering thought to learn that this considered masterpiece by Verdi was originally in danger of being banned and not performed at all because of its depiction of aristocratic immorality, sexual depravity and murder. It did in fact, receive its first performance on 11 March 1851 ...

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Ellen Kent Opera: Rigoletto – Opera House, Manchester

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Director: Ellen Kent Conductor: Nicolae Dohotaru Reviewer: Sebastian Farrell Rigoletto, the opera they tried to ban, was first performed in Venice in 1851 to triumphant acclaim. It is based on the slightly less successful book by Victor (Les Miserables) Hugo’s ‘Le roi s’amuse’ or ‘The King Amuses Himself’. Considered by many to be the first of the ...

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