“Oh! Le Roi s’amuse is the greatest theme and perhaps the greatest drama of modern times. A work worthy of Shakespeare!” A few months before he wrote these words to Francesco Maria Piave, urging him to “turn Venice upside down and make sure Censors will authorize this theme” – no easy matter given that social morality was prompt to be shocked -, Verdi was working on an adaptation of King Lear. And while probably absorbed in Shakespeare’s play, his revered master, he discovered Victor Hugo’s drama and felt “like an illumination, an inspiration”, finding in the French author’s words (to whom he owned the greatest triumph of his “years of misery” with Ernani) a counterpart to the triangle formed by the King, his daughter and the Jester. Between the futile and indecent Duke and Gilda, victim of the ignorance in which she is kept, looms the Jester, a two faceted character, a hunched back Fool and a father obsessed with a curse. Monstrous and heartbreaking, grotesque and sublime, the lead role reaches its climax in the aria “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata”, whose descent from wrath to pleading roots the capacity of the composer to bend a form inherited from Bel Canto to the stage realism. Conducted by Nicola Luisotti, this new production of Rigoletto marks director Claus Guth’s first collaboration with the Paris Opera.

Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti
Chorus master: José Luis Basso

Avec la participation de France Télévisions
Avec le soutien de la Fondation Orange, mécène des retransmissions audiovisuelles de l’Opéra de Paris et avec le concours du Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée

Director : François Roussillon

© Opéra de Paris - François Roussillon et Associés - 2016

Équipe artistique

Music: Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave d'après Le Roi s'amuse de Victor Hugo
Director : Claus Guth
Set and costume design: Christian Schmidt
Choregraphy: Teresa Rotemberg
Lighting design: Olaf Winter
Collaboration à la mise en scène et dramaturgie : Konrad Kuhn
Video : Andi A. Muller


Rigoletto : Quinn Kelsey
Gilda : Olga Peretyatko
Il Duca di Mantova : Michael Fabiano
Sparafucile : Rafal Siwek
Maddalena : Vesselina Kasarova
Il Conte di Monterone : Mikhail Kolelishvili
Marullo : Michal Partyka
Matteo Borsa : Christophe Berry
Il Conte di Ceprano : Tiago Matos
La Contessa : Andreea Soare
Paggio della Duchessa : Adriana Gonzalez
Usciere di corte : Florent Mbia
Double de Rigoletto : Pascal Lifschutz

This opera is presented with English and French subtitles.

Visuel © Monika Rittershaus / OnP

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