Music Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto Francesco Maria Piave
English Translation Amanda Holden
Director/Designer Richard Studer
Conductor Jonathan Lyness
Opera Project Orchestra
Leader Susanne Stanzeleit

fiercely charged exchanges here between the singers
Opera, Jan/Feb 2010, Rigoletto

Rigoletto has undeniably earned its reputation as one of the great 19th century operatic works, a tragedy on a colossal scale played out with Shakespearian depth as it hurtles towards its devastating conclusion. The opera tells the compelling story of the embittered jester Rigoletto who, well used to weaving his malice through the corrupt court of the Duke of Mantua, takes it one step too far when his sarcasm towards the Count Monterone brings in response a terrifying curse. The brutality of the Duke’s court is subsequently contrasted to the poignant relationship between Rigoletto and his daughter Gilda, who together have some of the most beautiful and exquisite music in all opera.

Complete with many of Verdi’s most original creations (including the demonic assassin Sparafucile) and two of his most famous arias (Gilda’s fiendishly difficult ‘Caro Nome’ and the Duke’s swaggering ‘La donna è mobile’), Italian opera doesn’t get much better. Opera Project’s dramatic touring production of Verdi’s great masterpiece explodes on to the stage at Oxford High School with the fabulous Simon Thorpe in the title role, sung in English and accompanied by the company’s formidable 11-piece orchestra.

… a beautifully judged, elegant, and technically complete performance… Punchily compact and bristling with malevolence… Jonathan Lyness conducted his own reduced orchestration with emphatic staying power, extracting big sound from his little band… It made a memorable evening’’ Opera Now, Jan/Feb 2010, Rigoletto, Opera Project – Tobacco Factory Theatres.


Simon Thorpe
Marlena Devoe
Duke of Mantua
Robyn Lyn Evans
Sparafucile Matthew Tomko
Maddalena Marie Elliott
Borsa Matt Ward
Matthew Sprange
Miles Horner


Fri 13 May (7.00pm)
Oxford High School, Oxford
01865 559888
For tickets, please contact Oxford High School

Tue 17 May (7.30pm)
Newbury Spring Festival, Combe Manor Barn, RG17 9EJ
0845 5218 218 Booking opens 1st March.

Sat 11 June
Private performance in Cumbria
For more details please contact Opera Project

Sat 25 June (6.00pm) and Sun 26 June (3.00pm)
Black Mountains Barns, Clodock, Longtown, Herefordshire HR2 0PD
01873 860358
For tickets, please contact Black Mountains Barns

Wed 27 July 
Performance in aid of Friends for Bristol Oncology
01761 462 428 
Further details to be confirmed shortly.