“a highly theatrical production where visual spectacle combined with emotionally charged scenes ... make this a Rigoletto to remember” THE OPERA CRITIC
Some of Australia’s finest singers - Michael Lewis, Rosario La Spina and rising star Elena Xanthoudakis - will join the Opera Queensland Chorus and Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Johannes Fritzsch to realise Rigoletto’s thrilling score, featuring the well-known Quartet Bella figlia dell’amore and the famous tenor arias Questa o quella and La donna è mobile.
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For Verdi’s heartbreaking tale of power, corruption and betrayal, director Lindy Hume evokes a familiar modern Italy where the all-powerful Duke of Mantua holds court surrounded by sycophants and party girls.
The chilling drama plays out against Richard Roberts’ spectacular sets - from the Duke’s high gloss palace to the murderous squalor of the underworld, whose pervasive darkness is broken by startling cinematic touches and atmospheric lighting.
*Free pre-performance talks about the opera, hosted by John Colwill, commence 45 minutes before each 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).
Lyric Theatre, QPAC
Rigoletto is presented by arrangement with New Zealand Opera.
The performance lasts 2 hours and 35 minutes, including one twenty minute interval.
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