Opera in 3 acts by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

5 - 7/10/2007 20:00     Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium     400

Librettist: Francesco Maria Piave
Based on Le roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo

Conductor: Jari Hämäläinen
The Macao Orchestra
Prague Chamber Choir

Duke of Mantua José Luis Duval and Warren Mok (06/10), Tenors
Rigoletto, the Duke’s jester Genaro Sulvaran and Stephen Kechulius (06/10), Baritones
Gilda, Rigoletto’s daughter Valentina Farcas and Natalia Melnik (06/10), Sopranos
Sparafucile, the assassin Victor von Halem, Bass
Maddalena, the assassin’s sister Catriona Barr, Contralto
Giovanna, Gilda’s nurse Zhu Qiu Ling, Mezzo-Soprano
Count Monterone Brian Jauhiainen, Baritone
Marullo, a knight Guy Bonfiglio, Baritone
Borsa Matteo, a courtier Henry Choo, Tenor
Count Ceprano Terence Murphy, Bass
Countess Ceprano Yuki Ip, Mezzo-Soprano
A Court Usher Lei Siu Hong, Baritone
A Page of the Duchess Yuki Ip, Mezzo-Soprano

Original Stage Director: Elijah Moshinsky
Revival Stage Director: Julie Edwardson
Set and Costume Designer: Michael Yeargan
Lighting Designer: Robert Bryan
A production of the Cultural Affairs Bureau and Opera Australia

Victor Hugo penned this story during the twilight of many European monarchies, and Francesco Maria Piave centred it on the court jester Rigoletto, infusing the libretto with passion, conspiracy and vengeance. Verdi brought the music to great heights in such famous arias as "Caro nome" and "La donna è mobile", sung by the Duke of Mantua to seduce another woman while a heart-broken Gilda, Rigoletto's daughter, listens in. The enraged father conspires to assassinate the Duke, but in a cruel twist of fate he is delivered the dead body of his daughter instead.

Rising stars will shine in this production from Opera Australia and the Cultural Affairs Bureau, with the Prague Chamber Choir and the Macao Orchestra making grand débuts under the baton of Jari Hämäläinen, newly appointed artistic director of the famed Savonlinna Opera Festival, in Finland.

With surtitles in Chinese, Portuguese and English
Duration: approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including two intervals