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Opera in three acts
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave after Victor Hugo
First performed March 11 1851, Teatro La Fenice, Venice
First performance of this production March 19 2017

Sung in Italian with German & English surtitles
Introductory talks, in German, in the Holzfoyer half an hour before performances begin

Verdi's success as a composer was sealed with the first performance of Rigoletto. A highly concentrated dark, tragic opera: the Duke rules with ruthlessness and cruelty over a society, on whose edge Rigoletto, the court jester, pours poison into wounded souls. Rigoletto feels vengeful hate for being cursed with a hunchback. And there's more: He thinks he can manipulate others. He keeps his daughter Gilda hidden away like a sacred treasure, so that she doesn't fall victim to the Duke's insatiable appetite. But Gilda snatches the first chance that appears to flee, into the arms of the Duke. Director Hendrik Müller and his set designer Rifail Ajdarpasic depict egomaniacs whose belief in a higher power is just as depraved as the rusty cathedral in which the story runs its course.


Conductor Pier Giorgio Morandi
Director Hendrik Müller
Set Designer Rifail Ajdarpasic
Costume Designer Katharina Weissenborn
Lighting Designer Jan Hartmann
Chorus Master Tilman Michael
Dramaturge Zsolt Horpácsy

Rigoletto Franco Vassallo
Gilda Kateryna Kasper, Alina Adamski, Florina Ilie *
Duke of Mantua Gerard Schneider
Sparafucile Kihwan SimBarnaby ReaAnthony Robin Schneider
Maddalena Tanja Ariane BaumgartnerJudita Nagyová
Giovanna Kelsey Lauritano *
Count Monterone Magnús Baldvinsson
Marullo Iain MacNeil *, Liviu Holender
Borsa Theo Lebow
Count Ceprano N.N. 
Countess Ceprano Julia Moorman *

Opera Frankfurt’s Chorus
Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester

* Member of the Opera Studio

Earlier Event: January 21
Lieder in the Holzfoyer
Later Event: April 17