Opera

Verdi's Rigoletto

Mario Martone (stage director), Michele Gamba (conductor) — With Piero Pretti (Duke of Mantua), Amartüvshin Enkbath (Rigoletto), Nadine Sierra (Gilda)...

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Cast

Mario Martone — Stage director

Margherita Palli — Set designer

Ursula Patzak — Costume designer

Pasquale Mari — Lighting designer

Daniela Schiavone — Choreographer

Piero Pretti — Duke of Mantua

Amartüvshin Enkbath — Rigoletto

Nadine Sierra — Gilda

Gianluca Buratto — Sparafucile

Marina Viotti — Maddalena

Fabrizio Beggi — Monterone

Costantino Finucci — Marullo

Francesco Pittari — Matteo Borsa

Andrea Pellegrini — Ceprano

Rosalia Cid — Countess

Mara Gaudenzi — A Page

Program notes

Discover Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto in this new production by Mario Martone at La Scala in Milan, with a fabulous cast of singers including Nadine Sierra, Piero Pretti, and Amartüvshin Enkbath in the lead roles, with the hall’s legendary orchestra conducted by Michele Gamba.

Verdi was 38 when he composed his seventeenth opera Rigoletto, the first part of his “popular trilogy” with Il Trovatore and La Traviata. The story, based on Victor Hugo’s play Le Roi s’amuse, narrates the love affairs of the Duke of Mantua, cheered on by his jester, Rigoletto. The opera is a masterpiece in its own right, not only due to the many difficulties it faced in production (including state censorship), but above all because of its artistic qualities: masterfully clear orchestral writing, pointed musical and psychological characterization (even of secondary characters), melodic innovation, dramatic cohesion… Rigoletto marks an evolutionary step in the oeuvre of Verdi, who began to see the scene, rather than the aria, as the fundamental building block of his musical dramas, making the operatic experience more salient and free-flowing.

Photo: Nadine Sierra © Cyr Merri

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