PHOTO: © Staatsoper Unter den Linden / Marcus Ebener


In the organizer's words:
When Victor Hugo staged his play "Le roi s'amuse" in Paris in 1832 for the first and, for the time being, last time, the performance ended with the play being immediately banned. When Giuseppe Verdi, the composer of the Italian Risorgimento, set out to set the play by the revolutionary-minded French writer to music, he too encountered resistance from the censorship authorities almost 20 years later. Although he had to rename his melodrama from "La maledizione" ("The Curse") to "Rigoletto" and change the setting to the court of a fictitious Duke of Mantua, he left the plot and its crassness untouched: Rigoletto instigates the licentious duke's constant seductions and kidnappings of beautiful women, and has nothing but derision for their families. The distraught father of one of the dishonored curses him for this in front of the entire court. However, Rigoletto keeps his daughter Gilda hidden from the shameless goings-on. Nevertheless, the Duke already has his eye on her. When Gilda succumbs to the Duke's seductive powers, Rigoletto devises a deadly plan of revenge, to which, in the end, not the Duke but his own daughter falls victim. Of all things, the well-known tenor hit "La donna è mobile" becomes a cynical cipher of failure. In Verdi's first work of maturity, the trivial as well as the grotesque and high pathos are mutually dependent. The contrasts of garish banda music and the most expressive cantilenas form an uncompromising masterpiece that bursts upon the audience with tremendous brevity and poignancy. This content has been machine translated.

Price information:

19.00 - 160.00€


Staatsoper Unter den Linden Unter den Linden 7 10117 Berlin

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