Royal Opera


In Cinemas 23, 24 & 27 Apr 2022
Antonio Pappano

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Carlos Álvarez (Rigoletto), Liparit Avetisyan (Duke of Mantua), Lisette Oropesa (Gilda), Brindley Sherratt (Sparafucile), Ramona Zaharia (Maddalena)
Giuseppe Verdi
Oliver Mears
Set Design
Simon Lima Holdsworth
2h49 incl interval
Sung in Italian, with English subtitles
Captured live from Covent Garden, London, 24 Sep 2021
Official Event Listing
  • Thrilling! Mears gives this outstanding cast space to build their characters, which they do to gripping effect. Oropesa is simply the most believable Gilda I have seen, she's heart-rending. Álvarez is unforgettable, Avetisyan swaggeringly convincing.
    Richard Morrison, THE TIMES
    Powerful, utterly compelling theatre. Oropesa is truly outstanding, a matchless Gilda.
    Tim Ashley, THE GUARDIAN
    Pappano in full, signature command.
    Barry Millington, EVENING STANDARD
    Striking. Oropesa is the finest lyric coloratura in the world today
    Mark Pullinger, BACHTRACK

Opera in three acts (1851)

New Production! The Royal Opera House celebrated the 171st Anniversary of ‘Rigoletto’’s premiere with a new staging directed by Oliver Mears – his first as Director of The Royal Opera.

The production sees Verdi’s masterpiece as a modern morality play that pits power against innocence, beauty against ugliness, in a pitiless world of luxurious decadence, corruption and social decay.

Sir Antonio Pappano conducts Carlos Álvarez in the title role alongside Lisette Oropesa and Liparit Avetisyan. Listen out for the return of the opera's most famous aria, "La donna è mobile", in the final act as we find out who gets the last laugh.