Javier Camarena & Antonino Siragusa debut as the Duke of Mantua. Àngel Òdena debut as Rigoletto.

Mantua, Italy. Rigoletto, the Duke of Mantua's jester, has a secret daughter. The Duke seduces her after having her abducted and brought to his palace by courtiers who think she is the jester's mistress. Rigoletto vents his rage on them and demands his daughter back. After convincing his daughter that the Duke does not love her, he plots his revenge...

Javier Camarena and Antonino Siragusa have chosen the Liceu for their debut as the Duke of Mantua, starring beside Carlos Álvarez, Àngel Òdena -which also makes his debut as Rigoletto- and Leo Nucci, in this luxury production. Rigoletto, based on a play by Victor Hugo, is part of the operatic canon and was censored before the premiere for criticizing the monarchy of the period.

Monique Wagemakers' mise en scène is minimalist but of great technical complexity. The red Venetian Renaissance costumes recreate Rigoletto's full range of fierce emotions.


Melodrama in three acts. Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. World premiere: 11/03/1851, Teatro La Fenice, Venice. First staged in Barcelona: 03/12/1853, Liceu. Last Liceu performance: 05/01/2005. Total Liceu performances: 362.

Artistic profile

Director musical
Riccardo Frizza
Stage director
Monique Wagemakers
Stage director assistants
Silke Meier and Albert Estany
Michael Levine
Sandy Powell
Costume assistant
Lorenzo Caprile
Lighting designer
Reinier Tweebeeke
Revival lighting designer
Cor van den Brink
Klaus Bertisch
Gran Teatre del Liceu and Teatro Real, based on an original production by Dutch National Opera
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Chorus Director
Conxita Garcia


Duke of MantuaJavier Camarena21th,24th,26th,29th March and 1th,3th,6th April
Antonino Siragusa22th,25th,28th,30th March and 2th,5th April
RigolettoCarlos Álvarez21th,24th,26th,29th March and 1th,3th,6th April
Àngel Òdena22th,28th,30th March and 2th,5th April
Leo Nucci25th March
GildaDésirée Rancatore21th,24th,26th,29th March and 1th,3th,6th April
María José Moreno22th,25th,28th,30th March and 2th,5th April
SparafucileAnte Jerkunica21th,24th,26th,29th March and 1th,3th,6th April
Enrico Iori22th,25th,28th,30th March and 2th,5th April
MaddalenaKetevan Kemoklidze21th,24th,26th,29th March and 1th,3th,5th,6th April
Ana Ibarra22th,25th,28th,30th March and 2th April
GiovannaGemma Coma-Alabert
Conte di MonteroneGianfranco Montresor
MarulloToni Marsol
Matteo BorsaJosep Fadó
Conte di CepranoXavier Mendoza
Contessa di CepranoMercedes Gancedo
A PageYordanka León21th,22th,24th,25th,26th,28th,29th March
Mariel Fontes30th March and 1th,2th,3th,5th,6th April

Debut role

March 2017

21Tuesday20:00Turn GFee 1
22Wednesday20:00Turn PAFee 6
24Friday20:00Turn EFee 2
25Saturday18:00Turn FFee 5
26Sunday18:00Fee 4
28Tuesday20:00Turn PCFee 6
29Wednesday20:00Turn HFee 4
30Thursday20:00Turn DFee 5

April 2017

1Saturday20:00Turn CFee 1
2Sunday17:00Turn TADFee 4
3Monday20:00Turn AFee 2
5Wednesday20:00Turn PEFee 6
6Thursday20:00Turn BFee 1

First part 1h
Interval 30m
Second part 68m

Total running time approx. 2h 45m

Information of Interest

Live in Cinemas

Verdi's Rigoletto live in cinemas from the Liceu Opera Barcelona next 6 April 2017 at 7.45pm (CET)

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