Rigoletto at QPAC
Saskia Starck | On 16, Mar 2014
Rigoletto is a tale of power, sex and corruption.
Written by Verdi and first performed in 1851, it is one of the most well-known Italian operas. Considered to be the first of the operatic masterpieces of Verdiâ€™s middle-to-late career.
Despite its old heritage the story still remains ever relevant. With the question standing as to whether politics will ever really change.
People will always be driven by desire for power.
Director Lindy Hume has taken this classical piece and transformed it into a brand new production for the QPAC stage.
Now set in modern Italy where the all-powerful Duke of Mantua holds court surrounded by flattering politicians and beautiful, party girls.
Australiaâ€™s finest singers will delight audiences with an amazing score featuring the popular aria â€˜La donna Ã¨ mobileâ€™.
Queenslandâ€™s own international tenor, Rosario La Spina will play the Duke of Mantua while Michael Lewis will play the coveted role of Rigoletto.
However, La Spina and Lewis are just some of the talented musicians to join the Opera Queensland Chorus and Queensland Symphony Orchestra to bring the show to life.
â€œA highly theatrical production where visual spectacle combined with emotionally charged scenes … makes this a Rigoletto to remember” (The Opera Critic).
For those opera virgins be aware that the production will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.
Where:Â Lyric Theatre QPAC.Â Corner Grey and Melbourne Street, South Bank, BrisbaneÂ
When:Â 15th â€“ 29th March
How Much:Â Tickets from $73
Contact:Â P: 136 246 (between 9.00am and 8.30pm, Monday to Saturday)