Opera

Rigoletto

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
Sung in Italian, with German surtitles
Melodrama in three acts
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play "Le Roi s’amuse" by Victor Hugo
First performance: 1851 in Venice

Only the Duke's jester is allowed to tell the ruler the truth to his face - and he does so with sharp-tongued gusto, at everyone else's expense. At the same time he is presumptuous enough to believe that he can keep his own little world free from all evils, protecting his daughter Gilda at all costs. Nevertheless, she ends up losing her heart to the vicious Duke and, when Rigoletto vows to take revenge, she sacrifices herself for the lecherous man. In a world where love is synonymous with manipulation, people are crushed. With the genial "La Donna è mobile" (Woman is fickle) Verdi finally secured his world fame.

Cast

Conductor Will Humburg
Director Uwe Eric Laufenberg
Stage Designer Gisbert Jäkel
Costume Designer Andrea Schmidt-Futterer
Lighting Designer Andreas Frank
Chorus Master Albert Horne
Dramaturgy Katja Leclerc
Duke of Mantua Ioan Hotea
Rigoletto Vladislav Sulimsky, Aluda Todua, Ludovic Tézier
Gilda Cristina Pasaroiu, Gloria Rehm
Count Monterone Thomas de Vries
Count Ceprano Frederic Mörth
Isolde Ehinger
Marullo Daniel Carison
Matteo Borsa Erik Biegel
Sparafucile Young Doo Park
Maddalena Silvia Hauer
Giovanna Elisabeth Bert
Chor des Hessischen Staatstheaters Wiesbaden, Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden, Aldomir Mollov, Izumi Shibata