Writer, broadcaster, poet, satirist and cartoonist Martin Rowson joins the conductor Matthew Kofi Waldren and Opera Holland Park’s Anna Picard to discuss grotesquerie and provocation in Verdi’s Rigoletto.

Who are today’s jesters? Are they insiders or outsiders? How outrageous can a satirist be in pursuit of their target? And how did Verdi recast the characters of the hunchbacked jester, his daughter and his master in his adaptation of Victor Hugo’s scandalous play?

This event is organised in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute


Message from Opera Holland Park: Cancellation of Monstrous and Sublime: Verdi’s Rigoletto
12 March 2020 

Opera Holland Park has received the news from the Italian Cultural Institute that they will be cancelling all large events at the venue, due to the difficulties they are facing in respect to the COVID-19 health crisis. This means that the Monstrous and Sublime: Verdi’s Rigoletto talk, scheduled for Wednesday 18 March, will be cancelled until further notice.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank our patrons for their patience and understanding.

More information about COVID-19 and Opera Holland Park can be found at this link.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at boxoffice@operahollandpark.com if you have any further questions and we apologise once more for the inconvenience caused by the cancellation of this event.