Rigoletto - Royal Opera Tickets and Hotel

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Show notes

Running time: 2 hours 45 minutes (One interval)

Booking from: 14 Dec 2017

Booking until: 16 Jan 2018

The Show
Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter.

When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect…Rigoletto arranges to have the Duke assassinated.

But Gilda still loves the womanizing Duke and sacrifices herself in his place.

Rigoletto eagerly uncovers the corpse only to find instead his fatally wounded daughter, who dies in his arms.

Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto, based on Victor Hugo’s play Le Roi s’amuse, was his ‘best opera’.

He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851.

Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas.

David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua.

Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances.

The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.


Theatre details

Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House
Bow Street
London
WC2E 9DD

Directions:
( 7 minutes from Leicester square Tube Station) Head east on Cranbourn Street and continue for 390 feet ( towards Charing Cross Road). Cranbourn Street turns slightly right and becomes Garrick Street continue along this road for 207 feet. Turn left onto Floral Street and continue for 0.2 miles. Turn right onto Bow Street and continue for 171 feet, the theatre will be on your right hand side.

Tube:
Covent Garden station is 1 minute walk (135 metres)

Performances

MatineeEvening
Monday-
Tuesday12.00pm7.30pm
Thursday7.30pm
Saturday7.30pm
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Rigoletto - Royal Opera

Royal Opera House
Bow Street
London
WC2E 9DD

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Covent Garden station is 1 minute walk (135 metres)

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