Verdi’s Rigoletto opens seventh season of the Palau de les Arts

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Verdi’s Rigoletto has opened seventh season of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía.

Baritone Juan Jesus Rodriguez plays Rigoletto, the hunchbacked court jester of the Duchy of Mantua. He is accompanied by Italian tenor Ivan Magri (Duke of Mantua) and American soprano Erin Morley (Gilda). After performing in the new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Metropolitan in New York, his CV includes stints with the Vienna State Opera and the Opéra National de Paris.

With a strong background in the Italian repertoire, Ivan Magri has sung the role of the Duke Mantua, among others, at the Teatro Regio in Turin, the Comunale Bologna and Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo.

Paata Burchuladze (Sparafucile) closes the quartet of protagonists. He has enjoyed a prolific career, appearing at major opera houses and concert halls worldwide.

Rounding out the cast of Rigoletto is Adriana Di Paola (Maddalena), Mario Cerda (Borsa), Miguel Angel Zapater (Count Ceprano), Marina Pinchuk (Giovanna), Mary Kosenkova (Countess Ceprano), Daniel Stefanov (Usher of the court) and Charlotte Martin (Paje).

Rigoletto is the first of the operas with which the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía pays tribute to Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) in the bicentenary of his birth. The 2012-2013 season includes additional titles I due Foscari with Placido Domingo in the title role, and Otello, with Zubin Mehta in musical direction.

Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto first premiered on March 11, 1851 in Teatro La Fenice in Venice. The Italian libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave based on the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo. Its tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto, and Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter Gilda.

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