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Northern Ireland Opera, in co-operation with the Ópera Nacional de Chile, presents Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi. Sung in the original Italian, Rigoletto showcases opera’s greatest hits La Donna è Mobile and Caro Nome.

Rigoletto hates his job, his boss and his colleagues. He feels trapped by his disability. He can’t get over his wife’s death. The only things that keep him going are his love for his only child Gilda and his hate for the rest of the world. But how long can he keep his child safe in the poisoned world that he has helped to create?

Multi-Award winning Verdi Baritone Sebastian Catana, in his UK debut, stars as Rigoletto, with Cardiff Singer of the World Nadine Koutcher as Gilda and Davide Giusti, winner at Plácido Domingo’s Operalia World Opera Competition 2017, as the Duke of Mantua. Featuring the Chorus of Northern Ireland Opera and the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Gareth Hancock, this production is designed by Kaspar Glarner and directed by Northern Ireland Opera Artistic Director Walter Sutcliffe.

Rigoletto will open with a Charity Gala Performance on September 30 in aid of Inspire and NI Hospice. Premium tickets will include admission to a champagne and supper post-show reception; a limited number of reception tickets will also be available for other ticket holders to purchase.

Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.

See an interview with Walter Sutcliffe ahead of the production:

Ahead of each performance, ticket holders are invited to a free introductory talk at the Grand Opera House

Time: 45 minutes before the performance


Photo: Municipal de Santiago – Ópera Nacional de Chile / Patricio Melo
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Sebastian Catana
Duke of Mantua
Davide Giusti
Nadine Koutcher
Taras Berezhansky
Fleur Barron
Ann Jennings
The Count of Monterone
Simon Thorpe
Ben McAteer
Matteo Borsa
John Porter
The Count of Ceprano
David Robertson
The Countess
Maria McGrann
Rebekah Coffey

Creative Team

Gareth Hancock
Walter Sutcliffe
Set & Costume Designer
Kaspar Glarner
Lighting Designer
Wolfgang Goebbel
Chorus Master
Tom Seligman
Assistant Director
Kate Guelke
Chorus of Northern Ireland Opera
Ulster Orchestra