From the moment he wrote it, Verdi knew he had a hit on his hands. The story had everything: royalty, loyalty, deformity, devotion, lust and revenge.
And the music? The music was sensational, so full of hummable tunes that Verdi demanded complete secrecy from his premiere cast. The tenor was forbidden from even whistling the catchy ‘La donna è mobile’ outside of rehearsals.
The morning after "Rigoletto"'s triumphant premiere, that melody rang out in the streets: a hit for ever after. The title character Verdi called the “greatest creation” in the history of theatre had found a home in a masterpiece of music.
Elijah Moshinsky’s much-loved production of "Rigoletto" returns to the Arts Centre Melbourne stage, complete with its glamorous La Dolce Vita-inspired sets and costumes, and scene-stealing car. The revolving dollhouse style set gives a cinematic detail to each scene.
Andrea Licata returns to conduct an exciting cast of international and homegrown stars. Melbourne soprano Stacey Alleaume makes her debut as Gilda with Mongolian baritone Amartuvshin Enkhbat, who won the Audience Prize at the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, as "Rigoletto," and remarkable young Armenian tenor Liparit Avetisyan sings the Duke of Mantua.
2hrs, 20min; incl. interval