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Charles Edwards and Opera North made it memorable indeed, for this is a production that must long haunt the imagination, one which befits admirably a story which would excite any newspaper editor and innumerable journalists hoping to benefit from the increased sales it would inevitably yield.

A scene from Opera North's production of 'Rigoletto' directed by Charles Edwards, with Stephen Richardson as Count Monterone. Photo © 2007 Richard Moran
A scene from Opera North's production of 'Rigoletto' directed by Charles Edwards, with Stephen Richardson as Count Monterone. Photo © 2007 Richard Moran

Verdi and Piave improved on Hugo immeasurably, and Edwards has added a sleazy dimension to it that reeks of the sordid Italian underworld -- and indeed the underworld anywhere now. The ducal palace has become a dissolute escort agency, the duke its wealthy lecherous proprietor and the deformed Rigoletto his exploited and no doubt underpaid manager who lives secretly -- or so he believes -- in a decrepit caravan with his daughter, whom Il Duca's gang believes to be a lover.

Leah-Marian Jones as Maddalena and Clive Bayley as Sparafucile in Opera North's 'Rigoletto'. Photo © 2007 Richard Moran
Leah-Marian Jones as Maddalena and Clive Bayley as Sparafucile in Opera North's 'Rigoletto'. Photo © 2007 Richard Moran

 

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Copyright © 19 May 2007 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK

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