Rigoletto is a joker. But sometimes his sharp tongue runs away with him. And his latest wisecrack has started a vendetta that’s far from funny. Now, with his daughter seduced by the dissolute Duke, Rigoletto is out for revenge. But he definitely won’t have the last laugh. A tragic story of jealousy, vengeance and sacrifice, Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s most popular operas. Jonathan Miller’s much-loved ‘Mafia’ production makes a welcome return to the ENO stage, relocating the action to New York’s Little Italy in the 1950s. Featuring some of opera’s most immediately recognisable music, including ‘Women abandon us’ (‘La donna è mobile’), Verdi’s thrilling score will be conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong. Leading the cast is Nicholas Pallesen in the title role, alongside lyric tenor Joshua Guerrero as ‘The Duke’ and Sydney Mancasola as Rigoletto’s love-stricken daughter Gilda.
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