Music by

G. Verdi

Opéra Bastille

Paris, FR

Saturday June 24, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Tuesday June 27, 2017 - 7:30 PM


Rigoletto  Željko Lučić
Gilda  Lisette Oropesa
Duke of Mantua  Vittorio Grigolo
Sparafucile  Kwangchul Youn
Maddalena  Elena Maximova
Giovanna  Marie Gautrot
Count Monterone  Robert Pomakov
Marullo  Christophe Gay
Borsa  Julien Dran
Count Ceprano  Mikhail Timoshenko
Countess Ceprano  Veta Pilipenko
Page  Laure Poissonnier


Daniele Rustioni


Claus Guth

Set Designer

Christian Schmidt


Teresa Rotemberg


Olaf Winter


Konrad Kuhn


José Luis Basso


"The moment of vengeance has finally come. For thirty da ys I have waited, Weeping tears of blood, behind the mask of a buffoon."
Rigoletto, Acte III

In Victor Hugo’s luxuriant drama Le Roi s’amuse, Verdi found theatre worthy of Shakespeare. Such, at least, were his enthusiastic words when he urged his librettist Piave to scour all Venice to find someone with sufficient influence to get his new opera past the censors unscathed. Alas, conventional morality rose up in protest and it proved impossible. Verdi’s hunchbacked jester is one of the most complex and tormented figures in the entire operatic repertoire: monstrous and heartbreaking, grotesque and sublime, this tragically doomed father who seeks to save his daughter from the clutches of the duke, will be the one to kill her. The role reaches its apogee in the aria “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata”, in which the descending movement, from Rigoletto’s explosion of rage to his begging, confirms Verdi’s capacity to adapt traditional bel canto to the demands of theatrical verisimilitude. This is director Claus Guth’s first production for the Paris Opera.


Lisette Oropesa, Gilda surprise dans Rigoletto à Bastille

 Son sens de la nuance, exceptionnel et charmant, lui garantit de toute façon d’emblée une ovation en fin de soirée : capable de percuter le spectateur d’un aigu flamboyant, elle allège ailleurs son chant sur quelques syllabes susurrant un aigu intense et long. Elle achève son premier air (et le public) d’un suraigu pur dont le vibrato s’élargit progressivement pour se changer en trille.

—  Damien Dutilleul  •  Olyrix