Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

The fires are burning merrily in the Duke’s palace as beautiful people at magnificent candlelit dinners party on into the night. Meanwhile, in the streets of Mantua, shadows tread softly. Words pass between hooded figures, their meaning drowned out by the sounds of drunken revelry. Are they whispering sweet nothings, or bitter secrets? Sometimes it is hard to tell the difference in the gloom.

Verdi’s dark tale glitters with passion and suspense in this glamorous new production. Tell your jokes, lock up your daughter and trust nobody.

The moment he wrote it, Verdi knew he had a hit on his hands. So much so that for the first performance of Rigoletto he rehearsed the Duke’s famous aria, ‘La donna è mobile’, in secret to avoid giving away what was to prove one of the catchiest tunes in opera. ‘La donna è mobile’ is just one of many fabulous arias in Rigoletto and to serve it well requires exceptional singers. Verdi is about voice, voice and more voice and Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini is determined to let Australian audiences hear the finest on the world stage.

The cast for this new production of Rigoletto is a gathering from around the world. As the swaggering Duke, Italian Gianluca Terranova, who performed this role at La Scala and the Arena di Verona. As Gilda, Russian soprano, Irina Dubrovskaya. And taking the momentous step into one of Verdi’s most important baritone roles, Opera Australia favourite, Warwick Fyfe. Italian Verdi specialist Renato Palumbo conducts.

Conductor Renato Palumbo (until 26 April)
Anthony Legge
Director Roger Hodgman
Set Designer Richard Roberts
Costume Designer Tracy Grant Lord
Lighting Designer Matt Scott
Rigoletto Warwick Fyfe
Duke of Mantua Gianluca Terranova
Gilda Irina Dubrovskaya
Monterone Pelham Andrews
Sparafucile Daniel Sumegi
Maddalena Sian Pendry
Marullo Luke Gabbedy
Borsa David Corcoran

Samuel Dundas

Giovanna Dominica Matthews
Countess Ceprano Eleanor Greenwood
Page Stacey Alleaume
Usher Ryan Sharp

Orchestra Victoria

Opera Australia Chorus

Please note that this production briefly contains partial nudity.

Running time: 2 hours & 20 minutes, including one 20-minute interval

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