Opera di Roma


In Cinemas 17, 18 & 21 Apr 2021
Daniele Gatti
L'Orchestra del Teatro dell'Opera
Iván Ayón Rivas (Duke of Mantua), Roberto Frontali (Rigoletto), Rosa Feola (Gilda), Riccardo Zanellato (Sparafucile), Martina Belli (Maddelena), Irida Dragoti (Giovanna), Gabriele Sagona (Count Monterone), Alessio Verna (Marullo), Pietro Picone (Matteo Borsa), Matteo Ferrara (Count Ceprano), Angela Nicoli (Countess Ceprano), Marika Spadafino (A page), Leo Paul Chiarot (A court usher)
Giuseppe Verdi
Damiano Michieletto
Set Design
Paolo Fantin
2h17, including interval
Sung in Italian, with English subtitles
Captured live from Circus Maximus, Rome, 16 Jul, 2020
Official Event Listing

Opera in three acts (1851)

New Production! Captured live over the European summer from the extraordinary setting of Circus Maximus - Rome’s ancient chariot racing arena, hosting an opera performance for the first time - this highly cinematic new production from award-winning director Damiano Michieletto sets Verdi’s classic tragedy of passion, betrayal and revenge in an imaginary criminal world. 

Based on a play by Victor Hugo, Verdi’s fervent, unforgettable work forms part of  the “popular trilogy”, alongside Il Trovatore and La Traviata

Centring on the dramatic figure of the hunchbacked court jester Rigoletto (acclaimed baritone Roberto Frontali, in a signature role), the work is - to paraphrase Opera di Roma’s musical director Daniele Gatti - a profound study of man, with the question of deformity inextricably linked to guilt. Tenor Iván Ayón Rivas sings the role of the licentious Duke, and fast-rising soprano Rosa Feola plays Rigoletto’s daughter, Gilda. 

Opera di Roma

Taking its current name at the advent of the republic, Rome’s beautiful opera house, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma was first inaugurated in 1880, as Teatro Costanzi. The company hosted the world premiere of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Puccini’s Tosca among others.

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