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Duke of Mantua
Ticket prices: 15, 25, 45, 55, 60, 85 100 euros
Students, children: 15 euros
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Italian Opera Cycle
Starts at: 21.00 |
As part of the Athens Festival
The first big summer production of the Greek National Opera at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in summer 2020 will be Giuseppe Verdi’s dark masterpiece Rigoletto.
Since 1851 when it was first presented in Venice until today Rigoletto has been applauded by thousands of spectators across the world and it has rightly been characterized as one of the most popular operas of all times. In Rigoletto, Verdi turns the page of his compositional trajectory and presents a work with a clear mark and an increased mood for experimentation, as the shifts between lyrical and dramatic scenes ensure the constant flow of the plot at a high speed.
It tells the story about the love of Gilda, daughter of the hunchback court jester Rigoletto, for the promiscuous Duke of Mantua, who presents himself to her as a poor student. In order to take revenge for his daughter’s lost honour, Rigoletto plans the Duke’s murder. When Gilda finds out her father’s plans, she decides to save her beloved one and sacrifice herself by taking his place. The Greek National Opera assigned the direction of Rigoletto to the unique Katerina Evangelatos, theatre director and one of the most promising voices of the young generation. After her first and very successful collaboration with the GNO on the contemporary opera Z, Evangelatos will tackle this great work of the operatic repertoire and through her own recognizable director’s identity she will attempt to shed light upon the controversial, dark personality of the character of Rigoletto.
After the two historic productions of Rigoletto, directed by the great Spyros Evangelatos (Olympia 1977 and Odeon of Herodes Atticus 2001), Katerina Evangelatos comes to put her own stamp on a work that has been linked with her family and not only with her father Spyros Evangelatos, but also with her grandfather, the top maestro Antiochos Evangelatos, who conducted Rigoletto for the GNO in 1956/57 and 1970/71.
Two celebrated protagonists of the GNO will star in the production. In the title role, the renowned Greek baritone with the great international career Dimitri Platanias and in the role of Gilda the celebrated Greek soprano Christina Poulitsi.