Malmö Opera's production of Verdi's opera masterpiece, RIGLETTO is premiering Saturday next week in Malmö (March 24th). It is known for being one of the most popular operas and is based upon an earlier play by the famous French author Victor Hugo called "Le roi s'amuse" (The King Amuses Himself). Hugo has a history of writing plays and novels that take on the establishment. Another obvious, similarly-themed, tale is Hugo's classic "Les Miserables."

RIGLETTO tells the story of a court jester named Rigoletto (Leo An). Rigoletto works for the womanizing Duke of Mantua (Scott Quinn). His main job is to humorously deflect all the husbands, fathers, and boyfriends while the Duke takes sexual advantage of their loved ones.

RIGLETTO is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The Italian libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave based on the play Le roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo. Despite serious initial problems with the Austrian censors who had control over northern Italian theatres at the time, the opera had a triumphant premiere at La Fenice in Venice on 11 March 1851.

Rigoletto takes place in northern Italy during the 16th century in the town of Mantua.

Music: Giuseppe Verdi

Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave after the Victor Hugo play Le roi s'amuse

Set design, costume design: Maja RavnBWW Previews: RIGLETTO at MALMÖ OPERA

Lighting design: Åsa Frankenberg

Director: Kasper Holten

Conductor: Karen Kamensek

Rigoletto: Vladislav Sulimsky/Fredrik Zetterström

Gilda: Bianca Tognocchi/Maria Chabouina

Duke of Mantua: Alexey Tatarintsev/Rame Lahaj

Sparafucile: Henning von Schulman

Maddalena: Ramona Zahaira/Emma Lyrén

Giovanna: Ethel Schelin

Count Monterone: Igor Bakan

Marullo: Thomas Hildebrandt

Matteo Borsa: Patrik Forsman

Count Ceprano: Per Fernesten

Countess Ceprano: Kristina Ekeroth

Court usher: Eric Lavoipierre

Malmö Opera Chorus & Malmö Opera Orchestra

Tickets and dates

Dates March 24, 29, 31, April 4, 8, 12, 15, 17, 22, 25, 28, May 8, 12, 15, 19, 29, June 1.

Tickets to the show are 815 SEK to 450 SEK. (Student tickets at 70 SEK)

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Malmö Opera presents the whole range of music theatre with main emphasis on opera and musical. We perform the great opera classics, musicals, contemporary musical drama, concerts and dance, always meeting the highest international standards of quality.

The opera house also offers a range of casual as well as fine dining - a three-course dinner, a quick meal before or after the show or an indulgence during an interval.

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