Rigoletto to be screened in cinemas on Monday 22 July
Get ready with introductory films, production photos and features.
21 July 2013 at 5.13pm | Comment on this article
Audiences will have another chance to see David McVicar’s Royal Opera production of Rigoletto when it is screened in UK cinemas on Monday 22 July.
The production, originally screened in April 2012, featured acclaimed performances by Dimitri Platanias, Vittorio Grigolo and Ekaterina Siurina.
The opera tells the story of Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua. Rigoletto is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims and when Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda comes to the attention of the Duke, it seems that the curse is taking effect. Alongside Le nozze di Figaro and La Fille du régiment, the opera follows a grand operatic tradition of problem parents in opera.
An iconic work
Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s masterpieces. Music Director of The Royal Opera Antonio Pappano believes it’s ‘one of the most important and iconic titles in the operatic canon’. Watch Antonio’s introduction to Rigoletto (guidance: contains nudity).
One of opera’s great villains
In the Duke of Mantua, Verdi created one of opera’s most famous villains. Womanizing and carefree, the Duke is given one of the art-form’s catchiest musical moments – ‘La donna è mobile’ (so memorable was the tune that prior to the opera’s 1851 premiere, Verdi forbade anyone associated with the production to so much as whistle the aria in public). Watch tenor Vittorio Grigolo speaking about the character of the Duke of Mantua
Review the show
Read audience reactions to the 2012 cinema relay, and add your own review.
Subsequent Summer Season cinema screenings include The Royal Opera’s Macbeth on 29 July and The Royal Ballet’s La fille mal gardée on 5 August.