Music by

G. Verdi


Rigoletto  Luca Salsi
Gilda  Lisette Oropesa
Duke of Mantua  Saimir Pirgu
Sparafucile  Rafal Siwek
Maddalena  Annalisa Stroppa
Giovanna  Cornelia Oncioiu
Count Monterone  Carlo Cigni
Marullo  Roberto Accurso
Borsa  Airam Hernández
Count Ceprano  Tomeu Bibiloni
Countess Ceprano  Esther Kuiper


Carlo Rizzi


Damiano Michieletto

Set Designer

Paolo Fantin


Agostino Cavalca


Alessandro Carletti


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

Performance History

Lisette has given 31 performances as Gilda.