Tuesday 16 January 2018
7:15pm
Opera in three acts

My Memo loyalty cardholders will receive DOUBLE points on this event – time to start building those points up!

David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Verdi’s potent and tragic opera is conducted by Alexander Joel, with an excellent cast led by Dimitri Platanias, Lucy Crowe and Michael Fabiano

The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera.

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…

David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.

Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’. He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL

SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

Tickets: Full £15.00 / Concession £14.00 / U16s £11.00

Music: Giuseppe Verdi / Director: David McVicar / Conductor: Alexander Joel

Rigoletto: Dimitri Platanias / Gilda: Lucy Crowe / Duke Of Mantua: Michael Fabiano

LIVE STREAMING – IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Please note, for live content all start/intermission and finish times are approximate. Delays can be experienced and some level of audio and visual interference/interruptions can be an unforeseen possibility. Where/If advised by the broadcaster of possible issues we will alert the audience accordingly.

Two tickets for £10 – Student Offer for Royal Opera House Cinema Season 2017/18

Two standard tickets are yours for only £10 when you turn up in person at the Memo Arts Centre on the day of a ROH live screening.

On the day of our Live ROH Cinema Screening – all you need to do is this:

  • Check we still have some tickets left (the £10 Cinema Student Standby is subject to availability)
  • Grab a friend (they don’t need to be a student)
  • Grab £10
  • Turn up in person
  • Show your valid Student ID and buy two cinema tickets for £10

The small print: Two standard price tickets to an ROH live (not recorded or encore) broadcast may be purchased for £10 by a student with a valid Student ID card, on the day of the live screening. Tickets must be purchased in person – online and telephone bookings not permitted. Tickets are subject to availability and cannot be transferred to any other screening. This offer is not valid in combination with any other offer, and is not valid for repeat or encore screenings.

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