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Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)

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Melodramma in 3 acts
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
First performed on 11th March 1851 in Venice
Premiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 21. April 2013

In Italian with German and English surtitles

2 hrs 45 mins / 1 interval

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance



Michele Gamba


Jan Bosse


Stéphane Laimé


Kathrin Plath

Chorus Master

Jeremy Bines

The Duke of Mantua

Attilio Glaser
Yijie Shi (27.04.2019 | 30.04.2019)


Markus Brück
Stefano Meo (27.04.2019 | 30.04.2019)


Elena Tsallagova
Siobhan Stagg (27.04.2019 | 30.04.2019)

The count of Monterone

Samuel Dale Johnson

The count of Ceprano

Byung Gil Kim

The countness of Ceprano

Cornelia Kim


Thomas Lehman
Bryan Murray (27.04.2019 | 30.04.2019)

Matteo Borsa

Paul Kaufmann
James Kryshak (27.04.2019 | 30.04.2019)


Tobias Kehrer
Gianluca Buratto (27.04.2019 | 30.04.2019)

Maddalena / Giovanna

Maiju Vaahtoluoto

A bailiff

Bryan Murray
Paull-Anthony Keightley (27.04.2019 | 30.04.2019)

A court lady

Amber Fasquelle

About the performance

"From a purely theatrical point of view I consider "Rigoletto" to be the best story that I've set to music so far … It has really powerful scenes, temperament, pathos, a lot of variety." (Verdi to Antonio Somma, 22.4.1853)

In listing the attributes of his 1851 "melodrama", adapted from Victor Hugo's hit play "Le roi s'amuse", Verdi is also describing the challenges that any production of this opera must rise to. RIGOLETTO is a masterpiece whose charm lies precisely in the confrontation between psychological portraiture and the unlikely turns of a fantastical tale, a tale that is half tragedy, half romantic horror story. For better or worse, despite his grotesque physique, the hunchbacked jester-hero has to get his audience laughing. His daughter Gilda seems angelic by contrast - and yet human through and through in her unconditional love and self-sacrifice. This blend of realism and the fantastic makes the RIGOLETTO material a worthy challenge for the great directors. Following on from Hans Neuenfels' successful 20-year run with the work at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Jan Bosse is now grasping the nettle. Since turning to musical theatre in recent years [ORFEO, LA CALISTO] the feted theatre director now delivers not only his first Verdi but also his first work for a Berlin opera house.

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