Gran Teatre del Liceu: Rigoletto (NR) Release Date: April 19th, 2018
Runtime: N/A
Director: Monique Wagemakers
Genres: Program
Starring: Riccardo Frizza, Javier Camarena, Carlos Álvarez, Desirée Rancatore
Despite serious initial problems with the Austrian censors who had control over northern Italian theatres at the time, the opera had a triumphant premiere at La Fenice in Venice on 11 March 1851. It is considered by many to be the first of the operatic masterpieces of Verdi's middle-to-late career. Its tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto and Rigoletto's beautiful daughter Gilda. The opera's original title, La maledizione (The Curse), refers to the curse placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter had been seduced by the Duke with Rigoletto's encouragement. The curse comes to fruition when Gilda likewise falls in love with the Duke and eventually sacrifices her life to save him from the assassins hired by her father. CREATIVE TEAM Conductor Riccardo Frizza Stage Director Monique Wagemakers Coreografia Thomas Wilhelm Sets Michael Levine Costumes Sandy Powell Lighting Reinier Tweebeeke Corus Master Conxita García Dramatúrgia Klaus Bertisch ARTISTIC TEAM Duke of Mantua Javier Camarena Rigoletto Carlos Álvarez Gilda Desirée Rancatore Sparafucile Ante Jerkunica Maddalena Ketevan Kemoklidze Giovanna Gemma Coma-Alabert Conte di Monterone Gianfranco Montresor Marullo Toni Marsol Matteo Borsa Josep Fadó Conte di Ceprano Xavier Mendoza Contessa di Ceprano Mercedes Gancedo Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Gran Teatre del Liceu Opera in 3 acts Sung in Italian with English subtitles Recorded April, 2017 From the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, Approximate Running Time: 2 h 33 min Detailed running Time: Act 1 (58'); Intermission (30'); Act 2 & 3 (65')