Revival of the 2011 production

Award-winning director Matthew Richardson (The Devil Inside 2016) and Olivier Award-winning designer Jon Morrell revive their powerful production of Verdi's masterpiece. 

Set in a dark and dangerous underworld where cruelty and inhumanity are rife—and women are objects merely to be played with and discarded—it tells the tragic tale of seduction, revenge and a father's suffocating love for his only daughter with a clarity that is completely compelling and utterly heartbreaking. 

'A more gripping and surprising Rigoletto than any I can remember.' Financial Times 2011

From the aching naivety of Gilda's first love to the dissolute revelry of 'La donna è mobile', Verdi's score is packed with some of the best-loved music in opera. Internationally-acclaimed baritone Aris Argiris heads up a cast of exciting talent including Lina Johnson, much-praised for her Gilda in Trieste in 2016;  award-winning British tenor Adam Smith; David Shipley, a recent graduate of the prestigious Jette Parker Young Artist programme; and Scottish Opera Emerging Artists Alexey GusevLucy Anderson and Bethan Langford. British Conductor Rumon Gamba conducts.     

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Running time approx. 2 hours 30 mins 


  • PLAYLIST Credits

  • Rigoletto

Cast & Creative Team

Aris Argiris

Lina Johnson

Duke of Mantua
Adam Smith

David Shipley

Sioned Gwen Davies

Count Monterone
Stephen Gadd

Mattheo Borsa
Aled Hall

Alexey Gusev*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Count Ceprano
Dingle Yandell

Countess Ceprano
Lucy Anderson*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Bethan Langford*
*Scottish Opera Emerging Artist

Rumon Gamba & Derek Clark*
*17 & 20 Nov

Matthew Richardson

Set & Costume Designer
Jon Morrell

Lighting Designer
Tony Rabbit

Kally Lloyd-Jones

Theatre Royal Glasgow 
18 • 24 • 27 Oct 7.15pm
21 Oct 3pm

His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen
1 • 3 Nov 7.15pm

Festival Theatre Edinburgh
9 • 15 • 17 Nov 7.15pm
11 Nov 3pm

Eden Court, Inverness
20 • 22 • 24 Nov 7.15pm


What the press said

'Rattles the rafters of the Theatre Royal in Glasgow on an exuberant first night...Stunning.' ★★★★★ The Wee Review

'Thoughtful and nuanced performances.’  ★★★★ The Herald

'A boldly modern clarion cry.'  ★★★★ The Sunday Herald 

'Starkly beautiful contemporary revival has a strong political edge.’  ★★★★ The Stage

'Tour-de-force orchestral sound’.  ★★★★ The Times

'A powerful season opener and a production which may help to revive opera’s status as an art-form worth talking about...' ★★★★ Bachtrack

'A consummate production which hits all the right notes for the ear and the eye.' ★★★★

'The Glasgow audience loved it.' ★★★★

'Stunning Rigoletto packs a powerful punch.' ★★★★ Aberdeen Society 




If you are visually impaired, you can enjoy the full opera experience with live commentary that describes the action on stage without compromising the music. Free touch tours including the set, props and costumes are also available before the show.

Touch Tours

Sat 27 Oct, 6pm

Sat 3 Nov, 6pm

Sun 11 Nov, 1.45pm

Sat 24 Nov, 6pm

Audio Described

Sat 27 Oct, 7.15pm

Sat 3 Nov, 7.15pm

Sun 11 Nov, 3pm

Sat 24 Nov, 7.15pm

Contact the box office at your local venue to book – tickets should be booked at least two weeks in advance. Discounts available. Touch tours only available to audio-description bookers. Guide dogs welcome. Find out more.

Get Closer

Widen your opera experience with a pre-show talk, or try an hour long taster that gives you an insight into our operas and how they are created.

Opera Unwrapped

Mon 22 Oct, 6pm

Fri 2 Nov, 6pm

Mon 12 Nov, 6pm

Wed 21 Nov, 6pm

Pre-show Talk

Sat 27 Oct, 6pm

Sat 3 Nov, 6pm

Sat 17 Nov, 6pm

Sat 24 Nov, 6pm

Tickets for Opera Unwrapped are just £5. Pre-show talks are free but should be reserved by calling the box office at your chosen venue. Find out more.