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Approximate Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes, including 2 intermissions.
Rigoletto is a court entertainer with a vicious tongue and a soft spot: he is hiding his vulnerable young daughter, Gilda, from the harsh world he inhabits. But his worst fear becomes reality: she is discovered by his boss, the predatory Duke of Mantua. When the Duke seduces Gilda, Rigoletto hires a hitman to kill him. It doesn’t work: Gilda has fallen in love, and she would rather die than see the Duke hurt.
Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s greatest achievements, powered with irresistible melodies, heartbreaking drama, and vivid characters: the cruel clown with a hidden heart, the morally bankrupt duke, the innocent Gilda, the sinister assassin and his voluptuous sister.
Featuring the return of sensational soprano Simone Osborne (The Magic Flute, Roméo et Juliette) and baritone Gordon Hawkins (Tosca).
Conducted by Jonathan Darlington | Directed by Nancy Hermiston