Royal Opera House, London

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Curtain Call 13.11.2023

    Composer : Giuseppe Verdi

    Director : Oliver Mears
    Set Design : Simon Lima Holdsworth
    Costume Design : Ilona Karas
    Lighting : Fabiana Piccioli
    Movement Director : Anna Morrissey

    Conductor : Renato Balsadonna
    Chorus : Chorus of the Royal Opera
    Orchestra : Orchestra of the Royal Opera House



    Duke of Mantua : Saimir Pirgu
    Rigoletto : Simon Keenlyside
    Gilda : Erin Morley
    Sparafucile : Goderdzi Janelidze
    Maddalena : Elena Maximova
    Count Monterone : Bogdan Talos
    Giovanna : Veena Akama-Makia
    Marullo : Josef Jeongmeen Ahn
    Borsa : Ryan Vaughan-Davies
    Count Ceprano : Jamie Woollard/Eugene Dillon-Hooper (16.11, 20.11)



Simon returns to the Royal Opera House to sing the title role in five performances of Verdi's great opera 'Rigoletto'





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"...And two performances were notably fine. Simon Keenlyside – in noble voice – made an upsettingly relatable Rigoletto and Erin Morley was an all-too-vulnerable Gilda, singing with heartbreaking sweetness and purity...."



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"...This last performance of this season's second cast brought Simon Keenlyside back to a role he sang here in 2014.....with the best will in the the world, I find his jester no more satifactorily sung now than it was nine years ago...Keenlyside, however, got through the role by dint of sheer determination, his solid vocal technique and his histrionic ability, but by the final scene he sounded tired and the legato didn't really flow. As the fine actor he is, he made his rough vocal state at the end integral to his portrayal of the tragically unwitting, outwitted jester...."



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"...Simon Keenlyside in der Titelpartie gelang eine höchst intensive Gestaltung, die nicht nur von der Bühnenpräsenz her und ihrer dosiert nervösen Bewegungssprache ständige emotionale Hochspannung der Figur transportierte, sondern sag auch auf einsam hohen Niveau. Ausdruck und Gesangslinie weiß er höchst kunstvoll zu verbinden, ounktete mit perfektem italienischem Legato und Kondition (cortigiani!), weiß einfach um die Akzente, die gesetzt werden müssen. Ein großer Erfolg für ihn..."


"...Simon Keenlyside in the title role achieved a highly intense performance, which not only conveyed the character's constant emotional tension in terms of stage presence and its measured, nervous movement language, but also sang at a uniquely high level. He knows how to combine expression and vocal line with great artistry, scored with perfect Italian legato and stamina (cortigiani!) and simply knows how to set the right accents. A great success for him..."