Giacomo Puccini



One of Opera Australia’s best-loved productions, Elijah Moshinsky’s retelling of Rigoletto draws Verdi’s dark melodrama into a modern day Mafioso underworld, inspired by Federico Fellini’s all time classic La Dolce Vita. Heading a glittering international cast is baritone Alan Opie in a commanding performance as the tortured jester, with Emma Matthews taking on the role of Gilda and Paul O’Neil as the lustful Duke. Conductor Giovanni Reggioli sympathetically captures the luscious yet fragile tones of Verdi’s much-loved score, with its feast of sublime singing.


Released July 2011
Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor Giovanni Reggioli
Director Elijah Moshinsky
Designer Michael Yeargan
Lighting Designer Robert Bryan
Rigoletto Alan Opie
Gilda Emma Matthews
Duke Paul O'Neil
Sparafucile David Parkin
Giovanna Elizabeth Campbell
Count Ceprano Christopher Hillier
Count Monterone Gennadi Dubinsky
The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra  
The Opera Australia Chorus