Rigoletto - Royal Opera House screening

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Sun Feb 18, 15:00 - Sun Feb 18, 18:00
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Bronberg Retirement Estate

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RIGOLETTO
OPERA IN THREE ACTS
MUSIC GIUSEPPE VERDI
The Royal Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto – a work the composer himself called his ‘best opera’
Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the 10 years following its premiere in 1851 and has become one of the most popular of all operas. Featuring many musical highlights, the opera includes the well-known arias ‘Questa o quella’ and ‘La donna è mobile’ (both made popular by tenor Luciana Pavarotti, among others) and the much-loved Act III quartet ‘Bella figlia dell’amore’, which was recently heard in the 2012 British comedy-drama film Quartet.
The opera’s story follows Rigoletto, the hunchbacked court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, who is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s latest conquests for his mocking laughter. When the Duke turns his attention to Rigoletto’s own daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect, and the jester must plot to protect her from the Duke’s immoral intent.
Directed by David McVicar, the production highlights the cruelty at the heart of Verdi’s tragic opera. Featuring dark, Renaissance-inspired set and costume designs, the staging creates the shocking and insidious world within which this gripping tale unfolds.
Alexander Joel conducts a cast led by Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias in the title role and featuring American tenor Michael Fabiano as the Duke of Mantua, alongside English soprano Lucy Crowe as Gilda.

 

*** PG16 advised - contains nudity and actions of a sexual nature ***

 

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Rigoletto - Royal Opera House screening
Bronberg Retirement Estate
47 Midas Ave, Olympus AH, Pretoria, 0081
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