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June 2021

Verdi’s 17th opera paved the way for the composer’s breakthrough to world fame, along with his two other works within his “popular trilogy”, “Il trovatore and La traviata”.

The melodies tell a gripping story of how a father’s protective love and a daughter’s first great love ultimately prove fatal. They both uncover a deception, the father orders for his daughter’s seducer to be killed. The daughter, intending to warn the Duke, is struck by the blade which is supposed to avenge her honour.

Program and cast

Conductor: Alexander Joel
Directed by Stephen Langridge
Stage design and costumes: Richard Hudson
Stage design assistant: Eva-Maria Schwenkel
Light design: Fabrice Kebour

The Duca: Pavel Valuzhin
Rigoletto: Boris Statsenko
Gilda, his daughter: Rebecca Nelsen
Sparafucile, a murderer: Stefan Cerny
Maddalena, his sister: Annely Peebo
Giovanna: Elvira Soukop
Count of Monterone: Sorin Coliban
Marullo: Alexandre Beuchat
Borsa: Karl-Michael Ebner
Count of Ceprano: Daniel Ohlenschläger

Volksoper Vienna

Public transport:

Underground line U6
Trams 40, 41, 42
Bus 40A
Stop "Währinger Straße / Volksoper"

A taxi stand is located at Währinger Gürtel.
Parking garages in WIFI and AKH


The Volksoper is Vienna’s main stage for operetta, opera, musicals and ballet, offering sophisticated musical entertainment. Colourful, eclectic and full of vitality, it is the only theatre dedicated to the genre of operetta.

Operetta belongs to Vienna and Vienna installed it at the home of operetta, Volksopera Vienna, which thereupon became the leading operetta house in the world. First class singers, actors and dancers together with a versatile orchestra cunjure up a musical firework display every evening.

Johann Strauss, Franz Lehár, Emmerich Kálmán wrote their world famous beloved melodies for operettas such as “The Fledermaus”, “The Merry Widow” and “The Csárdás Princess”. A visit to at least one of these operettas at the Volksopera Vienna is a must for every visitor to Vienna!

Also performed are operas from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, as well as classic musicals and ballet. In addition, the Volksoper has a fifth longstanding and proven speciality: it stages soirées, cabaret and burlesque performances under the name of “Volksoper Spezial”.

In the repertory theatre, which seats 1,337 persons, some 300 performances of around 35 different productions are staged every year between September and June.

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