The National Opera of Greece will present Verdi’s “Rigoletto” from June 2, 2022.
The new production will be led by artistic director Katerina Evangelatos, who will set the opera house in a 1980s Italian town.
The repertoire classic will star Dimitris Paksoglou as the Duke of Mantua, Dimitris Tiliakos as Rigoletto, Christina Poulitsi as Gilda, Petros Magoulas as Sparafucile and Mary-Ellen Nesi as Maddalena. Dimitris Tiliakos will conduct the GNO Orchestra and Choir.
“The cycle of violence described by Verdi in his ‘Rigoletto’ is transferred here to a small autonomous world in the Italian provinces of the 1980s, where organized crime reigns supreme,” Evangelatos said in an official press release. “Corruption, crime, rape, this is the true face of what is a pietistic, conservative and superstitious society. Eva Manidaki’s set – a time-worn Italian country mansion that houses the brutality and darkness of the work’s characters – is seamlessly integrated into its physical Odeon setting, while Alan Hranitelj’s costumes complete the picture of a society in steep decline.
There will be subsequent performances of Verdi’s classic on June 5, 8 and 11, 2022. The work is presented as part of the Athens Epidaurus Festival at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.