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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



Yi-Chen Lin
Daniel Carter (30.03.2021 | 02.04.2021 | 07.04.2021)


Jan Bosse


Stéphane Laimé


Kathrin Plath

Chorus Master

Jeremy Bines

The Duke of Mantua

Javier Camarena
Andrei Danilov (30.03.2021)
Piero Pretti (02.04.2021 | 07.04.2021)


Amartuvshin Enkhbat
Juan Jesús Rodríguez (30.03.2021 | 02.04.2021 | 07.04.2021)


Heather Engebretson
Elena Tsallagova (30.03.2021 | 02.04.2021 | 07.04.2021)

The count of Monterone

Byung Gil Kim
Joel Allison (30.03.2021 | 02.04.2021 | 07.04.2021)

The count of Ceprano

Padraic Rowan

The countness of Ceprano

Valeriia Savinskaia


N. N.

Matteo Borsa

Ya-Chung Huang


Patrick Guetti
Tobias Kehrer (30.03.2021 | 02.04.2021 | 07.04.2021)

Maddalena / Giovanna

N. N.

A bailiff

Dean Murphy

A court lady

Arianna Manganello

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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