Touring production of Verdi’s tragic masterpiece in a newly commissioned translation by Marina Carr
Opera Theatre Company

Opera Theatre Company’s largest production for 2015 was a new touring version of Verdi’s Rigoletto performed in an updated version set in 1980s gangland Dublin. The production featured the operatic début of award-winning theatre director Selina Cartmell in collaboration with UK designer Alex Lowde. A new translation of the opera was commissioned from Irish playwright Marina Carr. The cruelty and depravity of the relationships in Rigoletto as well as the genuine love of a father for his daughter were witnessed in a new light.

A stellar vocal cast was led by Northern Irish baritone Bruno Caproni as Rigoletto with Brazilian tenor Luciano Botelho as The Duke and young Irish soprano Emma Nash making an important role début.

National Opera House, Wexford 15 May, 2015
An Tain Arts Centre, Dundalk 17 May, 2015
Solstice Arts Centre, Navan 19 May, 2015
O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin 21 – 22 May 2015
An Grianan, Letterkenny25 May, 2015
Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny 28 May, 2015
Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick 30 May, 2015

Creative Team:
Director: Selina Cartmell
Designer: Alex Lowde
Lighting Designer: Sinéad Wallace
Translation: Marina Carr

Rigoletto: Bruno Caproni
Gilda: Emma Nash
Duke of Mantua: Luciano Botelho
Maddalena / Countess Ceprano: Kate Allen
Sparafucile: John Molloy
Monterone: Michael Druiett / Brendan Collins
Giovanna: Doreen Curran
Borsa: Owen Gilhooly
Marullo: Brendan Collins
Ceprano: David Howes

OTC Chorus and Ensemble
Conductor: Fergus Sheil

Bruno Caproni was superb in the arduous role of the hunchbacked outsider consumed by rage, jealousy and grief. Cork soprano Emma Nash was child-like innocence personified, bell-like bright and assured in her first Verdi role.” - Irish Examiner

Opera Theatre Company’s production had drive and energy with a well balanced collection of singers whose vocal colourings blended delightfully” – Sunday Business Post