Savor Giuseppe Verdi’s immortal operatic masterpiece brought to life by director Elijah Moshinsky and conductor Andrea Licata. Every scene is accentuated by the revolving dollhouse-style set that has come to define an exquisite rendition of Rigoletto.
Why Watch Rigoletto
The three-act opera braved the Austrian censors and fought its way onto the stage of La Fenice in Venice in 1851. The premier was an explosive success, marking a high-point of Verdi’s long career as a composer. The Melbourne production of Rigoletto returns with all the props, costumes, the typical La Dolce Vita-inspired setting, and talented opera artists that made generations of viewers fall in love with the masterpiece. Elijah Moshinsky, the director of Rigoletto, is widely hailed as one of the world’s most versatile directors. Although many of his successful productions explore Mozart, Britten, Wagner, and Tchaikovsky, he has also made a career out of his interpretations of Verdi. Led by the seasoned conductor Andrea Licata, the homegrown star Stacey Alleaume takes on the challenging role of Gilda in her debut alongside the winner of the 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition Amartuvshin Enkhbat, who plays the Duke of Mantua.
Serving as a jester in the court of the Duke of Mantua, the hunchbacked Rigoletto is a man of no virtues. He openly humiliates the courtiers to entertain the duke, much to the courtier's dismay. The Duke is a womanizer who finds the idea of true love amusing and foreign. On one of his many escapades looking for women to woo, the Duke manages to seduce the daughter of Count Monterone. When the count objects to this furiously at the court, Rigoletto ridicules him, causing him to lay a curse on the unruly jester. Rigoletto’s glee is soon turned to horror and shock as he discovers that the Duke has been courting the charming Gilda - Rigoletto’s daughter. What ensues is a heartbreaking series of events that is expertly woven into the irresistible three-act opera.
Lovers of Drama
“Rigoletto: Tragedy and melody in triumph”
Know Before You Go
Suitable for ages 12 and up. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
The performance contains strobe lighting effects that might disturb some viewers.
The Melbourne State Theatre has a seating capacity of 2,079.
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out the Arts Centre's wide range of bars, restaurants and cafes.
Moderate Cancellation Policy
You may cancel up to 48 hours in advance for groups lesser than 8.
You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly. Your tickets will be available at the Box Office of the Arts Centre Melbourne about one hour before the performance. You will need to display a photo ID to collect your tickets.