Theatreland Memorabilia

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Rigoletto

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi. Text: Francasco Maria Piave after Victor Hugo's Le Roi s'amuse

Productions

Teatro La Fenice, Venice, 1851
London, 1853
Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1931
Sadler's Wells Theatre, 1955
Opera House Manchester, 1967
London Coliseum, 1978, ENO

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Teatro La Fenice, Venice
First performance: 11th March 1851

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London
1853

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Sadler's Wells Theatre
1931

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Sadler's Wells Theatre
First performance: 21st September 1955
English Translation: Edward J. Dent.

Friday 24th November 1961 (140th performance at Sadler's Wells)
Conductor: James Lockhart. Dances arrnaged by Philippe Perrottet.

CharacterPlayed By
Duke of MantuaDonald Smith
Matteo Borsa, a courtierJohn Chorley
Countess of CepranoJoan Davies
Rigoletto, a hunchback, the Duke's JesterPeter Glossop
Marullo, a courtierHoward Dyson
Count of CepranoKenneth Fawcett
Count of MonteroneDonald McIntyre
Sparafucile, an assassinDon Garrard
Gilda, daughter of RigolettoElizabeth Harwood
Giovanna, her nurseJoan Clarkson
Page to the Duchess of MantuaDorothy Nash
An UsherCharles Draper
Maddalena, Sparafucile's sisterAnn Robson

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Opera House Manchester
First performance: 13th December 1967

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London Coliseum
First performance: 11th January 1978
English Translation: Andrew Porter. English National Opera/ENO.
Conductor: Charles Groves. Producer: Michael Geliot.
Designer: Annena Stubbs. Lighting: Charles Bristow.
Reproduced by: Roger Firth. Choreographer: Angela Hardcastle.
Production rehearsed by: Steven Pimlott.

CharacterPlayed By
RigolettoDerek Hammond Stroud
Duke of MantuaDerek Blackwell
GildaLois McDonall
SparafucileJohn Tomlinson
MonteroneJohn Tranter
MaddalenaGillian Knight
Countess CepranoJacqueline Montgomery
BorsaAlan Woodrow
MarulloChristian du Plessis
Count CepranoHarry Coghill
GiovannaLinda Finnie
UsherMaurice Bowen
PageMoira Clark

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