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Rigoletto to be shown for free on BP Big Screens in 2014

Verdi' great tragic opera to be relayed across the UK on 17 September.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

15 September 2014 at 3.34pm | 3 Comments

David McVicar's dark and potent production of Verdi's Rigoletto will be shown free on outdoor BP Big Screens across the UK on Wednesday 17 September 2014.

The performance stars Dimitri Platanias, Piero Pretti and Eri Nakamura and will be conducted by Maurizio Benini.

The story

Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect. Find our more with our 5 things you need to know about Rigoletto.

An important work in the history of opera

Verdi described Rigoletto as his best opera and it has since become one of the art form's most performed and popular works. With it he shook up the operatic establishment, dispensing with many of the conventions such as an entrance aria for the leading lady, and eschewing the tradition of ending acts with ensembles. Find out more about what makes Rigoletto such an important work in the history of opera.

The music

Though subverting many operatic conventions, the opera features some of the art-form's most iconic musical moments, including the Duke of Mantua's famous 'La donna è mobile' aria and Gilda's ode to innocent love, 'Caro nome'.

The production

Highlighting the cruelty and degeneracy at the heart of the court of Mantua, David McVicar's production revels in the opera's darker elements. With scenes of nudity and scenes of a sexual nature, it is not be suitable for younger audiences.

Rigoletto runs until 6 October 2014. tickets are still available. 

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

15 September 2014 at 3.34pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged BP Big Screens, by David McVicar, free, live, Production, Rigoletto, screening

This article has 3 comments

  1. berenice responded on 17 September 2014 at 12:41pm Reply

    Incredibly disappointed that Keenlyside's stunning performance will not be screened. Such a wasted opportunity to show one of our greatest singer/actors to a wider audience.

    • Ellen West (Head of Creative Studios and Digital Products) responded on 17 September 2014 at 2:27pm

      Dear Berenice

      There are many factors governing when we can run a BP Big Screen, and none of the possible dates coincided with Simon's performances.

      You should come along to see Dimitri Platanias, however, he's a brilliant artist and I'm sure you would enjoy it.

      Best wishes

      Ellen

  2. chryssie Koussia responded on 17 September 2014 at 1:45pm Reply

    Very interesting!!

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