Introduction Artistic profile Gallery More info Subscribe nowFins a un 30% de descompte PRIORITY SALE01/09/21 GENERAL PUBLIC SALE08/09/21 Contradictions and conflicts in an extraordinary score In a letter to his librettist Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi wrote: “Oh! Victor Hugo's Le Roi s’amuse deals with the greatest of themes and is perhaps the most important play of modern times. It's worthy of Shakespeare!”. He was working on an adaptation of King Lear at the time but then returned to Hugo, to whom he owed the greatest triumph of his most difficult years: Ernani. The irresistible threesome of the king, his daughter and the court jester came as flash of inspiration to Verdi. Between the shallow, lecherous Duke (Hugo's king) and Gilda, who is both a victim and captive of ignorance, he places Rigoletto, the wonderful, ambivalent hunchback whose paradise is the peaceful home and family he struggles to protect. Despite his outward deformity, Rigoletto is passionately loving being, but also a monstruous father, obsessed by a curse, who is harrowing, grotesque and sublime in equal measure. His star aria, “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata”, takes him from indomitable rage to humble supplication, attesting to Verdi's ability to adapt a form he inherited from bel canto to dramatic realism. Monique Wagemakers' exuberant production, with its delightful Venetian red costumes, focusses on the themes of ill-treatment, the quest for identity, and the abuse of power over the defenceless, as shown by the Duke's domination of Rigoletto and Rigoletto's domination of his daughter. Precisely the contradictions and conflicts on which the whole extraordinary score rests. PARADISE: daughter, family and home Rigoletto Melodrama in three acts. Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. World premiere: 11/03/1851 at the Teatro la Fenice, Venice. Barcelona premiere: 03/12/1853 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Last Liceu performance: 06/04/2017. Total number of Liceu performances: 375. Approximate running time 2h 40m Artistic profileStage directorMonique WagemakersSet designMichael LevineCostume designSandy PowellLightingReinier TweebeekeRevival lightingCor van den BrinkPlaywrightKlaus BertischCoproductionGran Teatre del Liceu and Teatro RealChorus of the Liceu Opera House (Pablo Assante, director)Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del LiceuConductorDaniele CallegariCastDuke of MantuaBenjamin Bernheim28th November and 1th,5th,10th,14th,18th DecemberSaimir Pirgu30th November and 2th,4th,9th,13th,17th,19th DecemberJosep Bros3th,12th DecemberRigolettoChristopher Maltman28th November and 1th,3th,5th,10th,12th,14th,18th DecemberMarkus Brück30th November and 2th,4th,9th,13th,17th,19th DecemberGildaOlga Peretyatko28th November and 1th,3th,5th,10th,12th,14th,18th DecemberAigul Khismatullin30th November and 2th,4th,9th,13th,17th,19th DecemberSparafucileGrigory Shkarupa28th November and 1th,3th,5th,10th,12th,14th,18th DecemberLiang Li30th November and 2th,4th,9th,13th,17th,19th DecemberMaddalenaRinat Shaham28th November and 1th,3th,5th,10th,12th,14th,18th DecemberNino Surguladze30th November and 2th,4th,9th,13th,17th,19th DecemberGiovannaLaura VilaCount MonteroneMattia DentiMarulloMichal PartykaMatteo BorsaMoisés MarínCount CepranoStefano PalatchiCountess CepranoSara Bañeras November 202128Sunday17:00Turn Tbuy30Tuesday19:00Turn PCDecember 20211Wednesday19:00Turn Bbuy2Thursday19:00Turn PEbuy3Friday19:00Turn Gbuy5Sunday18:00Turn Fbuy9Thursday19:00Turn P (PA)buy10Friday19:00Turn Ebuy12Sunday18:00Turn Dbuy13Monday19:00Turn Hbuy14Tuesday19:00Turn Abuy17Friday19:00Turn PBbuy18Saturday19:00Turn CADbuy19Sunday18:00Turn PDbuy Rigoletto (© Antoni Bofill) Rigoletto (© Antoni Bofill) Rigoletto (© Antoni Bofill) Rigoletto (© Antoni Bofill) Rigoletto (© Antoni Bofill) Rigoletto (© Antoni Bofill) Information of Interest Briefing session The Liceu offers a briefing session in the main hall before the start of each dramatized opera performance. It begins 50 minutes before the show. Broadcasts Free Catalunya Música live stream on Sunday, November 28 at 5pm (CET). Not available for streaming worldwide, due to copyright or other clearance issues.