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Yngve Søberg som Rigoletto

A man's world

La donna è mobile. The woman is fickle. This is proclaimed by the duke in Rigoletto, while at the same time getting his fill of the opposite sex. The critically acclaimed performance portrays a tough men’s club, a father’s great love – and some of the best melodies ever written.

It reeks of hunting, power and wet moss. An ugly hunchbacked man wanders among the trunks of dark pines, bearing a secret. Hidden away at home is his daughter, Gilda, whom he loves more than anything on earth. Among the guys, he acts tough in order to be liked – especially by his boss, the duke. When Rigoletto realises that the duke has also been together with his daughter, he commits a horrible crime, one that has tremendous consequences.

“Søberg was born for this role”

Soloist Yngve Søberg’s tour de force performance as Rigoletto in 2019 inspired NRK to call it an “unforgettable experience”. Vårt Land wrote that Søberg was born for this role and that “it takes a big heart and a voice alive with life to embody this complex character, who some consider one of the most complex in all of opera”.

He can now be experienced once again on the Main Stage!

Verdi’s secret

When Verdi wrote ‘La donna è mobile’, he realised that a hit was born and feared that the melody would spread through the streets and canals of Venice before the premiere in 1851. So, he made the tenor who would be playing the duke swear not to hum or whistle the tune outside of rehearsals. For the same reason, the orchestra did not receive the sheet music until a few hours before the front curtain was to go up.

And Verdi was right. The day after the premiere, people were humming ‘La donna è mobile’ on the streets of Venice – and have done so ever since. The opera was an immediate success and Rigoletto continues to be an international opera hit to this very day.

A hit machine

Rigoletto, The Troubadour and La Traviata are referred to as Verdi’s trilogia popolare. This is nothing short of a hit list. Thanks to these three works, written in the course of only two years, Verdi went from being a popular opera composer to the King of Italian Opera in the mid-1800s. Verdi shows what he is made of: magnificent ensemble scenes, distinct character portrayals in the music and catchy melodies, such as Gilda’s beautiful aria and the duke’s ‘La donna è mobile’.

Tandberg’s dark world

“Tandberg’s Rigoletto is a performance bordering on brilliance that should not be misse d,” wrote Dagsavisen about Ole Anders Tandberg’s Rigoletto in 2019.

Together with costume designer Maria Geber and lighting designer Ellen Ruge, he has created a Rigoletto that reveals darkness and human brutality in one of the world’s most popular operas.

Artistic team and cast

Her kan du se fullstendig publikumsrolleliste.

Publikumsrolleliste Rigoletto 8. mars 2022.pdf

  • Music
    Giuseppe Verdi
  • Libretto
    Francesco Maria Piave, based on Victor Hugo's drama
  • Conductor
    Vincenzo Milletari
  • Director and set designer
    Ole Andes Tandberg
  • Costumes
    Maria Geber
  • Lighting design
    Ellen Ruge
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