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 Gusev, Lucy Anderson and Bethan Langford. British Conductor Rumon Gamba conducts.
Sung in Italian with English supertitles
Running time approx. 2 hours 30 mins
Cast & Creative Team
Rigoletto 2018: What the audience thoughtMatthew Richardson's dark, dynamic staging of Verdi's RIGOLETTO is delighting audiences across the country. Here's just a taste of what our Glasgow audiences thought on opening night.
Rigoletto: Full trailerSet in a dark and dangerous underworld where cruelty and inhumanity are rife—and women are objects merely to be played with and discarded—RIGOLETTO 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.
Rigoletto 2018: critics roundupCritics and audiences are loving our RIGOLETTO-- but don't just take our word for it! Here's a lovely round-up of some of the great comments we've had across the tour.
Rigoletto: Singing and Dancing with the chorusCould you sing opera (in Italian) and dance at the same time? Meet the multi-talented chorus of Rigoletto.
Rigoletto 2018: Teaser trailer'Until my final breath, dearest name, I will be yours...' Watch our brand new teaser trailer for Verdi's RIGOLETTO.
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.' ★★★★ EdinburghFestival.org
'The Glasgow audience loved it.' ★★★★ ScotsGayArts.com
'Stunning Rigoletto packs a powerful punch.' ★★★★ Aberdeen Society