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Limited number of performances! Rigoletto at the London Coliseum this February.
Rigoletto is a joker. But sometimes his sharp tongue runs away with him. And his latest wisecrack has started a vendetta that’s far from funny. Now, with his daughter seduced by the dissolute Duke, Rigoletto is out for revenge. But he definitely won’t have the last laugh.
A tragic story of jealousy, vengeance and sacrifice, Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s most popular operas. Jonathan Miller’s much-loved ‘Mafia’ production makes a welcome return to the London Coliseum, relocating the action to New York’s Little Italy in the 1950s.
Featuring some of opera’s most immediately recognisable music, including ‘Women abandon us’ (‘La donna è mobile’), Verdi’s thrilling score will be conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong. Leading the cast is Nicholas Pallesen in the title role, alongside lyric tenor Joshua Guerrero as ‘The Duke’ and Sydney Mancasola as Rigoletto’s love-stricken daughter Gilda.
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Running time2 hours 50 minutes
Performance dates02, 04, 08, 10, 15, 17, 22, 25 and 28 Feb 2017 at 7.30pm
English surtitles projected above the stage. Surtitles cannot be seen from row H backwards in Dress Circle or last two rows of Upper Circle.
Justine Davies2nd March
Really looking forward to this revival and invited friends. The set was fabulous, but some of the singing was very disappointing. Rigoletto sounded tired in the first act and musically his duets and arias seemed rushed - as if he was trying to lead the MD. He also did not reach any of the expected top notes and was flat in places. The count also seemed to be tired in the first act - again none of the expected cadenzas but came to life in acts 2 & 3. The women were fabulous - Gilda sang with great character, plus she calmed the 'rushing' situation down when dueting with Rigoletto. On the whole I was slightly embarrassed at inviting my friends to this production - solely because of the The Duke & Rigoletto being so poor.
Thomas Park26th February
I'm trying to learn to watch opera, but I don't understand German and Italian language. Watching Rigoletto in English was great!
I enjoyed the show. Wasn't that keen on the setting in NY, much prefer the splendour of the original. The Duke's body shape a tad incongruous for a lothario. My ginger ice cream divine, the overcrowded intermission area not.
JOSE HENRIQUE PILOTTO26th February
Astonishing and outstanding performance!
Raj Kehal20th February
Fantastic, thoroughly enjoyed it!!
Amanda Williams18th February
Excellently staged version of Rigoletto - I enjoyed the Maffia interpretation and all members of the cast shone. I was slightly disappointed that the chorus were not included in the curtain call??
Great staging and some excellent individual performances, the only complaint I'd have is the extended performance time due to 2 longish intervals and a short end of Act curtain down for scenery changes. Personally, I'd have preferred to have a single interval as the 2nd broke the tension of the story ahead of the final act. Impressed by the scenery and setting - the bar in the final scene, as seen and heard from outside, was like a Hopper painting brought to life. The kidnapping of Gilda was genuinely chilling; the sense of her relative worthlessness other than as a means to punish Rigoletto.
Wendy 16th February
My first visit to the opera, booked a single seat at short notice which was good value with an excellent view. No problem collecting my ticket on performance night.
Catri Vinzio16th February
I'm sorry but I did not appreciate your interpretation of the Opera. I'm Italian and I think that your Mafia representation is stereotypical and inappropriate. I also think that the sound of the Italian language is part of the Opera, sung in English it becomes a musical
Susan McLean16th February
Thought sets were wonderful and the whole production was great
Georgi Velev16th February
It was a top performance, as expected. Beautiful decors. However, what I did not like was that it was sung in English instead of in Italian, and the choice to set the plot in 1950s in the U.S.A. This, as far as I'm concerned, took out from the enjoyment. Because of that I wouldn't attend any further operas at the Coliseum. It would have helped if it had been announced on the web page that the opera would be sung in English. I would have chosen another event.
Guy BLANQUART15th February
do you imagine Messiah ( Haendel) in Arab, Cosi fan Tutte in german, Carmen in chinese , Wagner in Tadjik ?????? Very bad idea to sing Rigoletto in English !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! However musicians and singers were good