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Rigoletto: Ellen Kent and Opera & Ballet International
Opera and Ballet International proudly presents an Ellen Kent production with international soloists, highly-praised chorus and full orchestra - Verdi's Rigoletto, the masterpiece they tried to ban.
Featuring a magnificent golden eagle with a seven-foot wingspan and two royal greyhounds.
A stunning traditional production recapturing the decadence of Renaissance Italy with lavish sets and opulent costumes.
Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto is a dramatic tale of the jester’s daughter whose heart is stolen by a charming but unreliable ruler – and how her father’s attempts to prevent the love affair lead to tragedy.
The opera was almost banned because it exposed the licentious behaviour of the powers-that-be at court. Featuring the two of the most celebrated tenor arias La Donna e Mobile and Questa o Quella justly turned into classics by Caruso, Rigoletto is based on a play by Victor Hugo, who wrote Les Miserables.
Please note some scenes contain nudity.
Ellen Kent is an award-winning opera producer with over 20 years experience in the business. Her CV boasts sell out performances at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as unforgettable shows at Leeds Castle, Biettedine Festival in Lebanon, and Dafna Hall in Qatar.
For many years, Ellen has been making opera accessible to the masses by touring her lavish, stylish and beautifully traditional productions around the UK’s theatres, to critical acclaim. She has built up a loyal following and continues to delight with her high quality productions, often featuring a little bit of the extraordinary, be it rescue donkeys, golden eagles, coy ponds or Spanish stallions.
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