Rigoletto

Opera. Experience one of operatic literature's true masterpieces in extreme close-up. We promise you a skin-tingling experience when we go on tour with our Opera Tent!

What goes around comes around


Premiere in VÄSTRA GÖTALAND Spring 2015

On tour in Västra Götaland.
Performed in Swedish.


This story of the unhappy court jester, who tries to protect his daughter against the evils of the world and in particular against the notorious womaniser the Duke of Mantua, can be told over and over again in innovative ways.

We've always wanted to allow the audience share in the intensity of final rehearsals before a production moves to the stage. Spring 2015, we will tour the region of Västra Götaland with Verdi's Rigoletto - perfomed in a cirkus-like opera tent! In this environment you will feel skin-tingling emotions and close contact with the actors.

Mats Persson (Rigoletto)
Mats Persson (Rigoletto)Camilla Simonson

The title role is sung by house soloist Mats Persson, who after a number of major roles, including Macbeth, Amfortas in Parsifal and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor now faces the challenges of this multi-faceted figure. The Duke is portrayed by our "Italian" tenor Tomas Lind while the innocent Gilda is interpreted by rising star Sofie Asplund.

Tomas Lind (The Duke of Mantua)
Tomas Lind (The Duke of Mantua)Joakim Roos
Sofie Asplund (Gilda)
Sofie Asplund (Gilda)Martin Hellström

Rikard Bergqvist is a renowned director and lyricist (mainly for musicals), most recently seen on our stages writing and directing Carmencita Rockefeller - Princess of Japan. In 2009, he directed his first opera, Die Zauberflöte at The Göteborg Opera - a début that led to sold-out performances and rave reviews.


Watch a short film clip


This clip was recorded on 10 June, when the concept was presented to representatives from different councils within the region.

Programme

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April 2015

Listen

Playing: Act 3, "Bella Figlia Dell'Amore"

Recorded 1980 with Placido Domingo, Piero Cappuccilli, Ileana Cotrubas, Elena Obraztsova. Copyright 1980 Polydor International GmbH.

Information

Opera by GIUSEPPE VERDI (1813-1901). Libretto by FRANCESCO MARIA PIAVE based on the drama by Victor Hugo. Swedish translation by RIKARD BERGQVIST.

  • Genre: Opera
  • Season: 2014/2015
  • premiere: 15 Apr 2015
  • Last show: 30 May 2015
  • Location:

    Regional performances.

    Locations undecided.

  • Length: 2 hours and 30 minutes including 1 interval.

Team

Musical direction/pianist   Joakim Kallhed
Direction   Rikard Bergqvist

Ensemble

The Duke of Mantua   Tomas Lind
Rigoletto   Mats Persson
Gilda   Sofie Asplund
Remaining ensemble TBA
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