Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto, Margaret Island, 3 & 5 August

  • 26 Jul 2018 10:45 AM
Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto, Margaret Island, 3 & 5 August
The intricate story of Rigoletto is full of Baroque contradictions as it moves along to its inevitably dark conclusion. What may be Verdi’s most popular opera uses immersive musicality to tell a story of doubt and self-sacrifice through a magnificent performance, which is the second major opera premiere of the Budapest Summer Festival this season.

The weird court jester is cynical and ruthless, but thinks he is safe as he serves the Duke of Mantova. If that wasn’t enough, he has another method of hiding his true self by masquerading as a completely different person.

He uses all his energy and professionalism to fit in and accommodate, but his evil nihilism is merely a part of his job. In real life, he is the anxious  father of a pure and innocent girl, Gilda – the same girl whom the Duke of Mantova has selected to be his lover without knowing the connections.

Rigoletto plots vengeance. The sinister events start off with a curse which will be fulfilled through the combination of Rigoletto’s split personality and the self-sacrificial purity of the lovelorn Gilda.

Date and time:
3 & 5 August, 8 pm 

Venue: 
Margaret Island Open-Air Stage
1138 Budapest, Zielinski Szilárd setany

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