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'Rigoletto' under the direction of Miguel del Arco: A unique experience at ABAO Bilbao Opera

'Rigoletto' under the direction of Miguel del Arco A unique experience at ABAO Bilbao Opera

Jeickson Sulbaran

February 12, 2024 | 1:57 p.m.

Opera, that sublime art where music and theater intertwine to tell stories that reach the soul, invites us this time to immerse ourselves in a unique experience. Next February 17, the Euskalduna in Bilbao dresses up to host the premiere of Verdi's 'Rigoletto', under the contemporary and bold vision of Miguel del Arco. This production, already acclaimed during its time at the Teatro Real in Madrid, promises to be a milestone in the season by ABAO Bilbao Opera.

A new vision of an immortal classic

'Rigoletto', Giuseppe Verdi's masterpiece, is reinvented in the hands of Miguel del Arco, a director known for his ability to give a modern twist to classic stories. His interpretation of this tragedy, set in the court of the Duke of Mantua, seeks to connect with contemporary audiences, maintaining the essence of Verdian drama. Criticism has been varied: while some praise the freshness of this proposal, others point out certain disconnections with the original libretto. However, isn't art a constant reinterpretation of reality?

The cast of this production promises to shine on the Euskalduna stage. Amartuvshin Enkhbat, in his debut with ABAO Bilbao, takes on the challenging role of Rigoletto, that hunchbacked jester caught in tragic irony. Next to her, soprano Sabina Puértolas plays Gilda, Rigoletto's innocent daughter, and tenor Ismael Jordi plays the libertine Duke of Mantua. Under the baton of maestro Daniel Oren, the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa will take Verdi's music to new heights.

The set design: a crucial element in the narrative at ABAO Bilbao

The staging, designed by Sven Jonke, is another of the strong points of this production. The scenery plays a crucial role, not only as a background, but as a narrative element that complements and enhances the story. In 'Rigoletto', every scenic detail has been carefully thought out to immerse the viewer in an emotional journey through music and drama. This interplay between visual and musical elements is what makes opera such a fascinating and timeless genre.

This new production of 'Rigoletto' is an invitation to rediscover a classic, to experience opera from a fresh and contemporary perspective. ABAO Bilbao Opera, always at the forefront of innovation in the world of opera, offers us the opportunity to live an unforgettable experience. The performances, scheduled for February 17, 20, 23 and 26, promise to be a meeting point for lovers of music, theater and art in general.

'Rigoletto' under the direction of Miguel del Arco is not just another representation of an iconic work, it is a declaration that opera continues to be a living art, capable of reinventing itself and connecting with new generations. For the citizens of Bizkaia and all those who visit us, this is an unmissable event, an opportunity to be part of the magic of opera and to witness how a classic can continue to surprise and excite in the 21st century.

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