Amsterdam, NLTuesday May 9, 2017 - 8:00 PM
|Duke of Mantua||Saimir Pirgu|
|Count Monterone||Carlo Cigni|
|Count Ceprano||Tomeu Bibiloni|
|Countess Ceprano||Esther Kuiper|
Rigoletto is based on Victor Hugo’s play Le roi s’amuse, in which King Francis I is portrayed as a debauched womaniser. When Verdi wanted to write an opera about it, the censors demanded that the central character was not a king. So he became one of the dukes of Mantua. In juxtaposition to the many ‘dark’ elements like Rigoletto’s curse – a higher, merciless power – there are ‘lighter’ elements such as the flightiness of the promiscuous duke and the naivety of Gilda. The character tragedy Rigoletto, about people with whom we can easily identify, heralded the birth of modern Italian music drama.
Orchestra - Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest
Chorus - Koor van De Nationale Opera
Instudering - Ching-Lien Wu
Lisette has given 31 performances as Gilda.