Stage: World class opera comes to Cresset

The Cresset at the Bretton Centre in Peterborough. Photo: David Lowndes/Peterborough Telegraph
The Cresset at the Bretton Centre in Peterborough. Photo: David Lowndes/Peterborough Telegraph
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Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live Orchestra with over 30 musicians, the Russian State Ballet and Opera House make their first appearance at The Cresset in Peterborough in February.

The opera Rigoletto, a tragic tale of misunderstanding, revenge and sacrifice in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi, set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, and based on the play “Le Roi s’amuse” by Victor Hugo.

Its tragic story revolves around the hunchbacked court jester, Rigoletto, his beautiful daughter Gilda, he loves (but had kept secret from the Court) and the Duke of Mantua he serves.

Rigoletto’s sarcastic comments and participation in the Duke’s escapades have earned him many enemies among the Duke’s followers. Court Monterone, furious that his family has been shamed by the Duke’s seduction of his daughter, ruins the jolly party and is arrested, cursing the Duke and Rigoletto, to the hunchback’s secret horror.

With a live orchestra, sung in the original Italian with English subtitles at The Cresset, Bretton on Saturday, 21 February.

Tickets £30 (concessions £28) from the Cresset box office on 01733 265705.