Rigoletto

Budapest, Hungarian State Opera
Budapest, Hungary
Erkel Theatre
Sat 09 November 19:00
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Credits
General cast
Conductor
Ádám Medveczky
Duke of Mantua
Galeano Salas
Rigoletto
Anatoly Fokanov
Gilda
Kinga Kriszta
Sparafucile
István Rácz
Maddalena
Viktória Mester
Count Monterone
László Szvétek
Marullo
András Káldi Kiss
Borsa
Péter Kiss
Count Ceprano
Tamás Szüle
Countess Ceprano
Ildikó Megyimórecz
Giovanna
Kornélia Bakos
Page
N.N.
Court usher
N.N.
Credits
Librettist
Francesco Maria Piave
Director
Miklós Szinetár / Mária Harangi
Set designer
Attila Csikós
Costume designer
Rita Velich
Choreographer
Jenő Lőcsei
Anna Varsányi's rough translation revised for use as surtitles by
Eszter Orbán
English surtitles
Arthur Roger Crane
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki
Synopsis
Act 1
First scene
A hall in the ducal palace
The Duke of Mantua is boasting about his most recent adventure to the assembled nobles: he has made the acquaintance of a young well-to-do maiden of the city, whom he has approached dressed in the simple clothes of a student with the intention of seducing her. In the meantime, he is also not giving up his courtship of the wife of the Count of Ceprano: in spite of her husband's presence, he makes advances at her.
Rigoletto, the court fool, arrives and mocks the married couple, who are at the mercy of the duke's whims. Nearly all of the courtiers have fallen victim to the jester's sharp tongue at one time or another, and when Marullo arrives with the news that Rigoletto is keeping a lover, they all resolve to repay him for his many humiliations by abducting the girl. The Count of Monterone storms into the ball to call the duke to account for seducing his daughter, only to be caricatured by Rigoletto. Monterone curses the jester.
Second scene
Rigoletto's house and garden and the adjacent street
Rigoletto is terrified by Monterone's curse. On his way home, he is stopped by the assassin Sparafucile, who offers the jester his services. Rigoletto dismisses him and hurries home to his daughter, Gilda, whom he has raised sequestered away from the world in complete ignorance of her father’s name and profession. The girl, however, is concealing from him the fact that for months now she has been meeting with an unknown student, with whom she has fallen in love. The student is none other than the duke in disguise. After Rigoletto departs, the courtiers arrive with the aim of abducting the woman whom they believe to be the jester's lover. Rigoletto suddenly returns, and they convince him that they are trying to kidnap Countess Ceprano. Rigoletto takes part in the game, and only when it is too late does he realise that he has assisted in the abduction of his own daughter.
Act 2
A hall in the ducal palace
The courtiers offer up the kidnapped girl to the duke. Also arriving, overcome with despair, is Rigoletto: this time, however, he is the one who is mocked by the courtiers. The jester informs his daughter of her mysterious suitor's identity and true nature nature, but Gilda remains unmoved: she loves the duke. Rigoletto swears deadly revenge.
Act 3
By the River Mincio and Sparafucile's house
During the night, Rigoletto finds Sparafucile and hires him to murder the duke, but first he wants to disillusion Gilda with him. He forces her to watch as the duke courts Sparafucile's lovely younger sister, Maddalena. The confused and distraught Gilda is ordered by her father to put on men's clothing and head for Verona right away. The girl, nevertheless, returns to Sparafucile's house, where she finds out about her father's murderous plan. Fancying the prince, Maddalena asks her brother to spare his life and instead kill the first stranger who enters the inn. Gilda decides to sacrifice herself. Wearing men's clothes, she knocks on the gate and, upon entering, is mortally wounded. Sparafucile hands over a sack to Rigoletto, claiming that it contains the duke's dead body. Upon hearing the duke's voice in the distance, however, Rigoletto opens the sack and discovers his dying daughter inside it. Monterone's curse has thus been fulfilled.

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  • Seating Chart
    Erkel Theatre
  • Credits

    General cast

    Conductor
    Ádám Medveczky
    Duke of Mantua
    Galeano Salas
    Rigoletto
    Anatoly Fokanov
    Gilda
    Kinga Kriszta
    Sparafucile
    István Rácz
    Maddalena
    Viktória Mester
    Count Monterone
    László Szvétek
    Marullo
    András Káldi Kiss
    Borsa
    Péter Kiss
    Count Ceprano
    Tamás Szüle
    Countess Ceprano
    Ildikó Megyimórecz
    Giovanna
    Kornélia Bakos
    Page
    N.N.
    Court usher
    N.N.

    Credits

    Librettist
    Francesco Maria Piave
    Director
    Miklós Szinetár / Mária Harangi
    Set designer
    Attila Csikós
    Costume designer
    Rita Velich
    Choreographer
    Jenő Lőcsei
    Anna Varsányi's rough translation revised for use as surtitles by
    Eszter Orbán
    English surtitles
    Arthur Roger Crane
    Chorus director
    Gábor Csiki

  • Synopsis

    Act 1
    First scene
    A hall in the ducal palace
    The Duke of Mantua is boasting about his most recent adventure to the assembled nobles: he has made the acquaintance of a young well-to-do maiden of the city, whom he has approached dressed in the simple clothes of a student with the intention of seducing her. In the meantime, he is also not giving up his courtship of the wife of the Count of Ceprano: in spite of her husband's presence, he makes advances at her.
    Rigoletto, the court fool, arrives and mocks the married couple, who are at the mercy of the duke's whims. Nearly all of the courtiers have fallen victim to the jester's sharp tongue at one time or another, and when Marullo arrives with the news that Rigoletto is keeping a lover, they all resolve to repay him for his many humiliations by abducting the girl. The Count of Monterone storms into the ball to call the duke to account for seducing his daughter, only to be caricatured by Rigoletto. Monterone curses the jester.
    Second scene
    Rigoletto's house and garden and the adjacent street
    Rigoletto is terrified by Monterone's curse. On his way home, he is stopped by the assassin Sparafucile, who offers the jester his services. Rigoletto dismisses him and hurries home to his daughter, Gilda, whom he has raised sequestered away from the world in complete ignorance of her father’s name and profession. The girl, however, is concealing from him the fact that for months now she has been meeting with an unknown student, with whom she has fallen in love. The student is none other than the duke in disguise. After Rigoletto departs, the courtiers arrive with the aim of abducting the woman whom they believe to be the jester's lover. Rigoletto suddenly returns, and they convince him that they are trying to kidnap Countess Ceprano. Rigoletto takes part in the game, and only when it is too late does he realise that he has assisted in the abduction of his own daughter.
    Act 2
    A hall in the ducal palace
    The courtiers offer up the kidnapped girl to the duke. Also arriving, overcome with despair, is Rigoletto: this time, however, he is the one who is mocked by the courtiers. The jester informs his daughter of her mysterious suitor's identity and true nature nature, but Gilda remains unmoved: she loves the duke. Rigoletto swears deadly revenge.
    Act 3
    By the River Mincio and Sparafucile's house
    During the night, Rigoletto finds Sparafucile and hires him to murder the duke, but first he wants to disillusion Gilda with him. He forces her to watch as the duke courts Sparafucile's lovely younger sister, Maddalena. The confused and distraught Gilda is ordered by her father to put on men's clothing and head for Verona right away. The girl, nevertheless, returns to Sparafucile's house, where she finds out about her father's murderous plan. Fancying the prince, Maddalena asks her brother to spare his life and instead kill the first stranger who enters the inn. Gilda decides to sacrifice herself. Wearing men's clothes, she knocks on the gate and, upon entering, is mortally wounded. Sparafucile hands over a sack to Rigoletto, claiming that it contains the duke's dead body. Upon hearing the duke's voice in the distance, however, Rigoletto opens the sack and discovers his dying daughter inside it. Monterone's curse has thus been fulfilled.

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