Rigoletto is a psychological drama with not a single superfluous note. The music is made to measure for each of the characters: Gilda begins as a cheerful girl, rebels against her father and ends up sacrificing herself for her love – thus breaking her father’s heart. Her merry theme turns defiantly dramatic. The Duke of Mantua’s chartbuster arias are a caricature of a smarmy boaster, while Rigoletto vents his anger at the court and sings tenderly to his daughter.
According to conductor Philippe Auguin, Rigoletto is above all theatre. Seldom does the music support the story’s dramaturgy so closely. “Verdi brings the characters alive with his music and makes them understandable. The audience immediately grasps what the person is like. Which is why Rigoletto is a masterpiece.” Auguin is full of praise for the Savonlinna production: “I admire the way David McVicar directs the singers. He brings out the real Rigoletto.”
Note: This production contains some nudity and sexual acts and is not recommended to children.
Conductor: Philippe Auguin
Stage director: David McVicar
Stage designer: Tanya McCallin
Costume designer: Tanya McCallin
Choreographer: Jo Meredith
Revival of lights: David Finn
Chorus master: Matti Hyökki