Opera fans who buy Rigoletto tickets may have seen this opera staged in many different time periods in addition to its original 19th-century setting. Giuseppe Verdi’s beloved work, which premiered in 1851 at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy, is performed often all over the world, and its score has some of the most beautiful music in the operatic canon.
In Act I, the jester Rigoletto makes fun of the many husbands and fathers whose daughters and wives have been seduced by the womanizing Duke. One of them - Monterone - curses Rigoletto, who is terrified because he has a daughter. Meanwhile, Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda meets the Duke, who pretends to be a poor student so he can seduce her. Unwittingly tricked by the angry courtiers who want to punish Rigoletto, he does not realize he is helping take part in his own daughter’s abduction.
In Act II, Gilda returns to her father and tells him about her abduction. Rigoletto makes a plan for them to leave Mantua, but first, he swears revenge on the Duke. Gilda pleads for him to have mercy on the man she loves.
In Act III, Rigoletto and Gilda follow the Duke to a tavern, where Gilda watches the Duke flirt with Maddalena, the sister of Sparafucile, the assassin. Rigoletto tells Gilda to leave town, disguised as a man. Once she has left, he pays Sparafucile to murder the Duke. Maddalena begs her brother to spare the Duke’s life, and Sparafucile agrees on the condition that he will murder the next man to walk through the door so he can produce a body. Gilda decides to sacrifice herself for her love, the Duke. She walks in dressed as a man and Sparafucile kills her. He puts her body in a bag. Rigoletto sees the bag and assumes it is the murdered Duke, when suddenly, he hears the Duke’s voice, singing the “La donna è mobile” refrain. Shocked, he opens the bag only to discover that Monterone’s curse has come true: it is Gilda’s corpse he is holding.
When subscribers purchase Rigoletto tickets, they may see the opera set in the glamorous world of 1960s Las Vegas in a Metropolitan Opera production, or, in Seattle Opera’s production, set in Berlusconi’s 21st-century Italy, complete with Gilda in pink pajamas.
Rigoletto is staged often enough that there is almost always at least one opera company in the United States performing Verdi’s masterwork, along with several productions mounted abroad. Its popular arias and stunning third-act quartet are still thrilling audiences centuries after Verdi composed them. From Milwaukee to Denmark, from Nashville to Germany, opera fans will be able to see a brilliant production in a city nearest them.
Rigoletto ticket prices vary based upon the city, theatre and proximity to the stage. Opera patrons who are looking for luxury, including box seats and other options, can pay more for a VIP Rigoletto opera experience.
Rigoletto tickets in a venue like Andrew Jackson Hall in Nashville, TN, can start in the range of $66 and go up to around $129. In certain venues, like the Metropolitan Opera, more economical “rush” tickets, starting at approximately $25, may be available for select performances.
Premium seats in the center orchestra section of the theatre can cost as much as $830.00. While many performances have cheap Rigoletto tickets listed for $45.00 for seats in the back of the theatre. On average, you can expect to pay around $310.19 for your tickets to this opera.
Rigoletto is a famous opera which regularly tours throughout the country and around the world. Other companies that have mounted productions of Rigoletto include the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera and The Metropolitan Opera.
The 2023 production of Rigoletto has 2 performances remaining on its show schedule. Rigoletto's next performance is scheduled for March 31st, 2023 at 7:30pm. Watch this stunning performance for yourself at the Ohio Theatre - Columbus at 39 East State Street Columbus, OH. There are 139 Columbus Symphony Orchestra: Rigoletto With Opera Columbus tickets available for this performance with ticket prices from $38.00 - $159.00.
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Andrew Jackson Hall in Nashville, TN, is a proscenium theatre with a capacity of 2,472. The venue has continental seating, meaning the aisles do not go down the center of the sections. Rigoletto ticket buyers can make selections from orchestra, tier, left and right loges and balcony. At Lyric Opera Chicago, starting with the 2021 season, opera patrons will be able to choose from the balcony, main floor and box seating.
Use the TicketSmarter interactive seating chart to choose the ideal seats so you can hear Verdi’s famous quartet from Act III with the best view of the stage.
Rigoletto will make its final curtain call on April 1st, 2023 at 7:30pm at the Ohio Theatre - Columbus. This last production Columbus Symphony Orchestra: Rigoletto With Opera Columbus will be held at 39 East State Street Columbus, OH. There are 126 seats listed for this performance, with prices ranging from $39.00 - $150.00. Secure your spot in the audience by ordering your Rigoletto tickets today with TicketSmarter.
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