Performed at the Royal Opera in London
Music by Giuseppe Verdi – Conducted by Alexander Joel – 2 hr 45 min
d. David McVicar Official Site
Starring Dimitri Platanias, Lucy Crowe, Michael Fabiano
General Public: $20, BMFI Members: $18, Students with ID: $10
The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera. Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect.
Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his “best opera.” He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas.
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|Sunday, February 18||1:00pm
Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA