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Author(s): Music by Giuseppe Verdi, text by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play Le roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo
Company: Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona
Running time: 2h 05min approx

When a sharp-tongued court jester Rigoletto is cursed for his spiteful words, he is forced to hide his unworldly daughter Gilda from his own licentious master, the Duke. For Verdi’s ambivalent hunchback, paradise is the peaceful home and family that he struggles to protect.

Monique Wagemakers's production from the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, with its Venetian red costumes, focusses on the themes of ill-treatment, the quest for identity and the abuse of power over the defenceless, as shown by the Duke's domination of Rigoletto and Rigoletto's domination of his daughter. Precisely the contradictions and conflicts on which the whole extraordinary score rests.


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