Rome's Teatro dell'Opera was the first opera house in Europe to reopen its with this new production of Rigoletto, conceived for an anti-COVID-19 situation. It inaugurated the Summer Season 2020 of the Rome Opera House on 16 July with a stage designed for the vast space of the Circus Maximus, one of the most spectacular places ever made by man. The new 1,500 square metre stage is designed and built in full compliance with the anti-COVID-19 standards.
Dark tragedy of passion, betrayal and revenge, Rigoletto is centered on the dramatic figure of the hunchbacked court buffoon. The opera is a deep study of man. The question of deformity binds inextricably to guilt, referring to the thousand-year-old contrast between ugliness as disharmony and moral disproportion opposite to the ideal of physical perfection as symmetrical concurrence with a natural order. Rigoletto is crippled, and at that time having a malformation meant to be marked from birth by faults that the parents had committed; Rigoletto carries faults not his own. The real curse is to become a killer.
In Michieletto's vision, Verdi's drama, set in an imaginary criminal world, becomes a cinematic tale with an extraordinary narrative rhythm. There is always a mixture of realism and dreamlike vision. It is underlined also by the videos in which we see dreams, memories of the past; these dreams and memories reveal passages of tenderness, melancholy and sweetness.