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Rigoletto, 2017, David Newton

A tragic story of jealousy, vengeance and sacrifice, Rigoletto features some of opera’s most immediately recognisable music, including ‘Women abandon us’ (‘La donna è mobile’). Rigoletto is the downtrodden barman whose plan for revenge on the philandering Mafia boss ‘The Duke’ tragically backfires.   
Jonathan Miller’s much-loved production was first performed in 1982 and made a welcome return to the London Coliseum in 2017.  It transfers the opera from its original setting of 16th century Mantua to the Mafia world of Little Italy in New York City in the 1950s.
Verdi’s thrilling score was conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong.