Experience vengeance... An Opera for all.
After their critically acclaimed productions of Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and last year’s Madam Butterfly, Eternity Opera is returning in August with Verdi’s 1851 dramatic masterpiece Rigoletto.
Rigoletto, a disfigured court jester seeks vengeance for his own humiliation, and for his daughter who has fallen victim to the Duke of Mantua. Rigoletto is out for revenge. But he definitely won’t have the last laugh.
A tragic story of jealousy, vengeance and sacrifice, Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s most popular operas. It features some of opera’s most immediately famous music, including “La donna è mobile”, “Questa o quella” and “Caro nome”.
Outstanding Australian baritone James Clayton will return to New Zealand to play Rigoletto, joining tenor Boyd Owen as the Duke and soprano Hannah Catrin Jones as Gilda, who are both returning to Eternity Opera after their stunning portrayals in last year’s Madam Butterfly.
Performed in English this will again be directed by Alex Galvin and conducted by Matthew Ross, with support from the Eternity Chamber Orchestra.
Director: Alex Galvin
Music Director: Matthew Ross
Producers: Emma Beale & Minto Fung
Costume Designer: Sally Gray
Lighting Designer: Haami Hawkins
Assistant Director: Laura Loach
Production Manager: Joel Rudolph
- Rigoletto… James Clayton
- Gilda… Hannah Catrin Jones
- The Duke… Boyd Owen
- Sparafucile… Robert Lindsay
- Monterone… Roger Wilson
- Maddalena… Jess Segal
- Giovanna… Ruth Armishaw
- Count Ceprano… Minto Fung
- Countess Ceprano… Karyn Andreassend
- Matteo Borsa… Chris Berentson
- Count Marullo… Orene Tiai
- Court Usher… Olivia Sheat
- A Page… Alexandra Woodhouse-Appleby
- Gang Members… Chris Anderson, Paul Bothwell, Nikita Crosby, Richard Dean
Eternity Opera Company brings opera productions to Wellington audiences that can be enjoyed by everyone – from opera fans to first timers. The company’s aim is to stage productions that are exciting and accessible to everyone. The productions will be sung in English, while keeping the quintessential things that makes opera great: talented singers, a top notch orchestra and beautiful set designs and costumes.