05 May 2018: More Rigoletto curtain call photos

by Gwyn on 5 May 2018

Some more great curtain call photos from the first night of Rigoletto in Berlin have been added to the performance page. Many thanks to the photographer! Click on photo below..

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Gudrun May 6, 2018 at 7:03 pm

A few personal impressions of “Rigoletto” at Deutsche Oper Berlin on 3 May 2018:

Rigoletto without a hunchback or any other obvious impediment, making his entrance in a ridiculous golden “bunny” costume? A stage mirroring the auditorium, the chorus playing “us” – the audience? Hardly any reasonable directing of the singers? Yes, and yet: the drama of “Rigoletto” did happen, in spite of the uninspired staging!
The singers made it happen, first of all Simon in the title role. I was so happy for him that finally he could achieve such a big success as Rigoletto, after the disaster in Vienna some years ago!
I had the privilege to be very close to the singers: row 2 had become row 1 because there was a catwalk around the pit. Sometimes Simon would stand and sing directly in front of me, just half a metre away. It was a very special experience indeed. His voice sounded great, powerful or tender, capable of expressing and transmitting all the contradictory emotions: sarcasm and hatred towards the courtiers, love and tenderness for Gilda as well as pleading, fear and despair.
Needless to say that his acting was breathtaking too: I had the impression that he has taken over some ideas from his Vienna Rigoletto: The dishevelled appearance, the nervous, quick movements, the limp. They made him look at least a little bit “diforme”. The finale, on an empty stage, was simply heartbreaking, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who had to fight back the tears. At the end huge applause for all, especially Gilda (Albina Shagimuratova), Simon, Stephen Costello and Sparafucile (Tobias Kehrer). Now I’m looking forward to many more interpretations of Rigoletto by Simon in the future, hopefully in more adequate and more interesting productions.


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