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20 February 2019 (Wed), 19:00 Moscow theatre "New Opera" - Opera "Rigoletto" - G.Verdi. Opera in three acts

Running time: 3 hours 5 minutes (till 21:45)

Schedule for "Rigoletto" - G.Verdi. Opera in three acts 2019

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Choirmaster producer: Natalya Popovich

Orchestra: Symphony Orchestra of the "New Opera" Theatre

Premiere of this production: 19 December 2000

Opera in three acts
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave after the play Le Roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo
Performed in Italian
Artistic director - Evgeny Kolobov
Conductor Antonino Fogliani (Italy)
Stage Director - Ralph Langbaka (Finland)
Set Designer - Lennart Mork (Sweden)
Choirmasters - Natalya Popovich, Sergey Lysenko
Lighting Designer Gleb Filshtinsky

Performed in Italian with Russian surtitles
Running time: 3 hours 5 minutes with two intermissions
Premiered on 19 December 2000
The production was awarded the Casta Diva Russian Opera Prize as the “Event of the Year” in 2000.

The court jester Rigoletto, a spiteful hunchback, revenges his many years of humiliation on others by ruthlessly aiding vice. He is the main procurer of young girls to the dissolute Duke of Mantua. But “divine justice” befalls Rigoletto, while his daughter becomes the sacrificial lamb. Protecting and cherishing his daughter, he hopes to receive forgiveness. When he loses her, he is enlightened, but, alas, it’s too late.

At a ball in the palace of the Duke of Mantua, the court jester Rigoletto, a hunchback, taunts Count Ceprano, whose wife is the target of the Duke’s wandering eye. Count Monterone, whose daughter the Duke has seduced, pushes his way in and calls a curse on the Duke for destroying his daughter’s honour and Rigoletto for making jest of it. Through trickery, Rigoletto’s daughter, Gilda, is carried off to the Duke to suffer the same fate as Monterone’s daughter. Rigoletto plots his revenge through use of the assassin Sparafucile and his sister Maddalena. But when a court jester plots revenge, who will have the last laugh? Things do not go as planned for Rigoletto as the curse comes back to haunt him.

The courtesan Violetta Valeri is giving a party. Alfredo Germont is among her guests. He tells her that he loves her. For the first time a deep feeling comes in Violetta’s heart.
They are living together for three months. Without Alfredo’s knowledge Violetta has been selling her property to avoid poverty. Discovering this by accident, Alfredo immediately goes away: he wants to wash off his disgrace. Meanwhile Alfredo’s father, Georgio Germont, comes to Violetta to persuade her to renounce his son. This liaison stands in the way of the forthcoming wedding of his daughter. Violetta is forced to give in, and after a brief encounter with returned Alfredo she departs, leaving a note.

Alfredo gives way to despair. Giorgio Germont tries to console his son, but the latter does not hear his father’s admonition. Alfredo, knowing that Violetta has been invited to Flora Bervoix’s party, hurries up there to revenge himself.

Flora’s party. The guests discuss a sensational news: Violetta has separated from Alfredo. Alfredo comes in. In full swing of festivities he sees Violetta together with the Baron Douphol. Alfredo beats his enemy and rival at cards. Wishing to save her beloved from a duel Violetta asks him to go away. Alfredo insists on Violetta’s coming with him, but she refuses. Alfredo flies into a rage. He insults Violetta in front of the other guests: as if paying his debt, he throws down to her his winnings at cards. Giorgio Germont reproaches his son for his doing.

Violetta is mortally ill. Even a sudden arrival of Alfredo and Giorgio Germont cannot bring her back to life. Violetta dies in the presence of inconsolable friends.

Schedule for "Rigoletto" - G.Verdi. Opera in three acts 2019

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