• Giuseppe Verdi
  • December 2024
  • Dublin


The love between a father and daughter, a lustful Duke, revenge and a curse. The court jester Rigoletto loves his daughter Gilda above all else. When the Duke of Mantua and his courtiers play a cruel trick on them, Rigoletto plots murderous revenge. But Gilda’s love and devotion lead to devastating consequences.

Conducted by Fergus Sheil, Irish National Opera’s artistic director, Rigoletto is directed by Julien Chavaz and designed by Jamie Vartan, the team behind INO’s acclaimed William Tell. This new production promises a forceful exploration of grief, loss, and the destructive power of revenge. Baritone Michael Chioldi sings the title role, with soprano Soraya Mafi as his daughter Gilda and tenor Bekhzod Davronov as the Duke. Bass Julian Close is the assassin Sparafucile and Cork mezzo-soprano Niamh O'Sullivan is Maddalena. Featuring the Irish National Opera orchestra and chorus.

Running time 2 hours 30 min including one interval.

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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A co-production with Santa Fe Opera and Opera Zuid, in association with Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.

“Michael Chioldi (...) a firm and attractive baritone; he commands the stage whenever he sings” - Broadwayworld
“Fergus Sheil conducted the Irish National Opera Orchestra with wonderful energy and musical vision” - Bachtrack
“Mafi displayed her maturity and onstage star power (...) with great beauty and tenderness” - Broadwayworld

Cast & Creative Team


Michael Chioldi Rigoletto
Soraya Mafi Gilda
Bekhzod Davronov Duke of Mantua
Julian Close Sparafucile
Niamh O'Sullivan Maddalena
Phillip Rhodes Count Monterone
Andrew Masterson Matteo Borsa
Seán Boylan Marullo
David Howes Count Ceprano
Leanne Fitzgerald Giovanna
Caroline Behan A Court Usher
Matt Mannion A Page

Creative Team

Fergus Sheil Conductor
Julien Chavaz Director
Jamie Vartan Set Designer
Jean-Jacques Delmotte Costume Designer
Rick Fisher Lighting Designer
Nicole Morel Movement Director
Richard McGrath Répétiteur