Gracing the stage of the Joan Sutherland Theatre until June 26, 2023, is Opera Australia’s impressive production of Rigoletto. During the two-hour and 45-minute performance (which includes a 20-minute interval) at the Sydney Opera House, the audience is transported to the late 1950s, to the captivating realm of Rigoletto – a world cloaked in clandestine affairs and allure.

Stacey Alleaume as Gilda. Photo Credit: Jeff Busby

Italian baritone Ernesto Petti, a rising star in the operatic world, takes to the stage in Australia for the first time, captivating audiences with his portrayal of the vengeful Rigoletto. Celebrated Australian soprano Stacey Alleaume, who has once again showcased her talent as Gilda (a role that earned her immense praise at Austria’s prestigious Bregenz Festival) joins Petti on stage. Together, they deliver a memorable performance filled with emotion and passion.

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Atalla Ayan does an extremely convincing job of capturing the vile essence of the Duke of Manuta, while Sian Sharp – who you may recall did a magnificent job as Carmen – is a joy to watch, with her delicate and poignant interpretation of Maddalena. Roberto Scandiuzzi brings confidence and menace to the character of Sparafucile. 

Sian Sharp as Maddalena. Photo Credit: Keith Saunders

However, it’s evident who the shining star is, based on the audience’s reaction as Stacey Alleaume reappears at the end of the performance to thank the cast and audience. With her radiant solo and heavenly melodies, Alleaume is a crowd favourite. 

With its opulent sets – reminiscent of the glamorous La Dolce Vita era – expect to be swept away by the sensational melodies of Rigoletto. With only a short season, take the opportunity to indulge in the enchanting arias of Rigoletto, such as the unforgettable ‘La donna è mobile’. It’s a melody guaranteed to linger on your lips long after the cast’s final bows.

The Duke’s posse retells the story of how they abducted Gilda. Photo Credit: Keith Saunders
  • Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
  • Now playing–26 June 2023
  • Sung in Italian with English surtitles
  • Running time: Approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one interval.
  • Please note this production contains sexual violence, violence against women and strobe lighting effects.
  • Book tickets here.