June 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne.
Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University.
2hr 45m, with two 20 minute interval.
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Armando Krieger, Greg Hocking
Director: Hugh Halliday
Starring: Aydın Ustuk, Stephen Smith, Andrea Rola, Vanessa West, Polina Volfson.
This stunning new production was directed by Melbourne’s Greg Carroll and designed by Peter Corrigan, who created a spartan, hard-edged set for Her Majesty’s Theatre, to fit with the dark themes of this dramatic opera.
From the play Le Roi s’Amuse by Victor Hugo with a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi’s Rigoletto is one of the most popular operas ever written. Featuring such well known arias as La Donna e Mobile and Caro Nome, it tells the tragic story of a father’s thwarted revenge on the man who abducted his daughter.
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Cast & Crew
The Duke of Mantua – Aydin Ustuk & Stephen Smith
Rigoletto, his court jester – Andrea Rola & Roger Howell
Gilda, Rigoletto’s daughter – Vanessa West, Polina Volfson
Sparafucile, a professional assassin – Jonathan Truscott, Jerzy Kozlowski
Maddalena, Sparafucile’s sister – Roxanne Hislop, Lynlee Williams
Count Monterone – Manfred Pohlenz, Bryan O’Connell
Marullo, a courtier – Jason Wasley, Simon Meadows
Borsa, a courtier – Mark Fowler, Jacob Caine
Count Ceprano, a courtier – Adrian Tamburini, Angus Grant
Giovanna, her duenna – Kerrie Bolton, Cecily Woodberry
Countess Ceprano – Suzan Stafford
A Page – Sally Kirkcaldy, Seija Knight
A court usher – Giuseppe Corizzo, Josh Perillo
Sig Anderson, David Campbell, Andrea Carcassi, Kevin Castles, Giuseppe Corizzo, Hayden Downing, Brendan Egan, Adrian Glaubert, Angus Grant, Peter Grant, Mark Henderson, Oliver Mann, Stephen Mansour, Alex McCutcheon, Bruce Nichols, Bernie Nolan, Josh Perillo, Rodney Phillips, Jean-Francois Ravat, Roland Seidl, David Woodberry, Adrian Woodhouse.
Director: Greg Carroll
Conductor: Armando Kreiger, Greg Hocking
Designer – Set & Costume: Peter Corrigan
Designer – Lighting: Paul Jackson
Chorus Master: Elanor Parsons
Stage Manager: Monica Hart
Wigs, Hair, Makeup: Christina Pallikaris
Company Manager: Robbie McPhee
Producer: Greg Hocking AM