The devil has the best tunes in Verdi’s scalding exposé of unchecked power, ruined innocence and revenge.
Cursed by nature and despised by society, the jester Rigoletto’s only love is his daughter, Gilda. But when Gilda falls in love with Rigoletto’s master, the ruthless Duke of Mantua, the corruption of court life escalates and Gilda is abducted. Humiliated and disgraced, Rigoletto hires an assassin.
Featuring some of opera’s greatest arias, including ‘La donna e mobile’ and ‘Caro nome’, Rigoletto is an intense psychological portrait of a man trapped by his obsessions, for which he and Gilda pay a devastating price.
Introducing the Opera Holland Park Discovery Matinee
On Sunday 21 June at 2pm, we will be hosting our first Discovery Matinee. This performance of Rigoletto will be a relaxed performance with a Touch Tour, audio-description and accessible ticket pricing, to allow newcomers to discover opera. Tickets will be available to purchase on this page.