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Verdi - Rigoletto (Marullo)

  • Staatsoper Hamburg Große Theaterstraße Hamburg, HH, 20354 Germany (map)

Never one to miss an opportunity to make fun of others, the hunchback jester Rigoletto is employed by the Duke of Mantua. His only joy in life is his daughter Gilda. When Rigoletto must witness how she falls for the calculated vows of love of the unscrupulous Duke, he is out for revenge: he hires the contract killer Sparafucile to murder the seducer. Gilda, however, sacrifices herself for her lover. Rigoletto realises that he has driven his daughter to death and destroyed his own life.
Ever since the figure of Rigoletto walked onstage for the first time in Venice in 1851, his fate has moved audiences at opera houses everywhere. Giuseppe Verdi achieved world fame with the opera and its ubiquitous melodies – although it is a piece without heroes: thus Rigoletto, that cynical and lovesick father, joined the broad ranks of Verdi figures who are social outcasts and previously never had a voice in the history of opera.

Conductor: Francesco Lanzillotta
Director: Andreas Homoki
Set and Costme Designer: Wolfgang Gussmann
Lighting Designer: Manfred Voss

Earlier Event: June 4
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Later Event: June 7
Bizet - Carmen (Dancaïro)

Photos by Sim Canetty-Clarke