Rigoletto 2013

Opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi; libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, based on the play Le Roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo.

Music: Giuseppe Verdi

Conductor: Carlo Rizzari

Director: Rolando Panerai

Sets: Enrico Musenich

Costumes: Regina Schrecker

Lighting: Luciano Novelli

Photo: Marcello Orselli – Fondazione Teatro Carlo Felice Genova

“Verdi himself considered Rigoletto his best opera. That’s why I have tried to stage it carefully following the directions of Piave and Verdi. It was not easy because of the psychological complexity of the characters, but I had a huge help from Regina Schrecker, a very gifted and brilliant woman who knows how to make wonderful costumes using recycled materials in order to enhance controversial and dramatic characters.

Rigoletto showed the ambiguity of his role in various shapes, until the scene when his daughter dies in his arms; the Duke of Mantua appears as a powerful and libertine man, Maddalena is sensual but decorous, Sparafucile is both a cynical and charming assassin, Monterone has a sober and dignified appearance. Gilda is always enchanting with her amazing dresses and looks like an innocent girl in love, who is also an heroin pursuing her relentless and lost passion.

I am grateful to Regina for her great contribution to the realization of this magnificent opera”.

Rolando Panerai – Director

“In times of economic crisis, Teatro Carlo Felice’s 2013 staging of Rigoletto stimulated an idea of optimizing the theater’s precious historical sets and properties, which have been masterfully selected and assembled by Enrico Musenich.

In order to embellish the sight with exclusive costumes, we appealed to the very refined stylistic hallmark of Regina Schrecker, an artist whose high-value class and elegance are there for all to see.

With a charming style and a revolutionary choice of materials, Regina created an extraordinary set of costumes that will remain an indelible surplus value of this staging of Rigoletto at the Teatro Carlo Felice. In the year of Verdi’s celebrations, the aim is to make an unforgettable production for one of the most staged operas in the world”.

Giovanni Pacor – Teatro Carlo Felice’s Chief Executive Officer