Giuseppe Verdi

Verdi’s quest for the true essence of humanity is enhanced by British baritone Simon Keenlyside behind the mask of Rigoletto the clown.

Simon Keenlyside - DR
Gustavo Gimeno - DR


Ekaterina Siurina Gilda
Sir Simon Keenlyside Rigoletto
Saimir Pirgu Il Duca di Mantova
Stanislav Trofimov Sparafucile
Alisa Kolosova Maddalena
Pietro Picone Matteo Borsa
Carlo Cigni Il Conte di Monterone
Andrea Borghini Marullo
Kiril Chobanov  Il Comte di Ceprano / Usciere
Alexandra Scholik Giovanna / La Comtessa di Ceprano / Paggio

Gustavo Gimeno direction
Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra 
Philharmonia Chor Wien

Sung in Italian with French and English subtitles

"Tears of blood beneath the mask of a clown” sums up Rigoletto in Act III. Although the work opens on a licentious note with debauchery and lust, it ends in tears and bloodshed. Verdi’s opera, which was inspired by Victor Hugo’s play Le Roi s’amuse performed at the Comédie-Française in 1832, offers a jaundiced view of humanity. In this work penned in his mature years, the composer moves away for good from the patriotic embellishments of his youthful works, and delves into the human soul. Rigoletto is undoubtedly one of the most complex and tortured figures in the entire history of opera. Verdi was able to express in music the interplay of the full range of emotions from intense truculence to the most heart-rending lament. A powerful work and a title role imbued with enormous humanity.

Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées 

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