Wed 18 March 20207.00pm
Conductor Matthew Kofi Waldren and cartoonist Martin Rowson talk to Anna Picard about satire, power, beauty and grotesquerie in Verdi’s revenge tragedy.
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