Tom Boyd's English version of


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"This five-star production with its sumptuous costumes and brilliant effects promises to be the talk of Cheltenham...another triumph with this well-paced production of Verdi's masterpiece in Tom Boyd's vigorous new translation." The Gloucestershire ECHO
"Bel Canto Opera Company's production of Verdi's Rigoletto is great art. And, perhaps more importantly, marvellous entertainment. One can praise and praise again and still not encapsulate the essence of a memorable evening...the perfection of the principals...the enchantment of a Tom Boyd libretto meshing seamlessly with Verdi's sublime score." The Wilts. & Gloucestershire STANDARD


A traditional setting in 15th century Mantua, in 4 acts. Tom Boyd's English version follows Verdi's original libretto very closely, while finding vibrant language for a modern audience.
This version was performed by Stanley Opera in Leicestershire, England in April 2011.

ACT I - Beginning of the opera

The Duke and Borsa


ACT II - Rigoletto meets Sparafucile

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End of ACT III

RIGOLETTO: Two lives so demolished in the course of one day.

ACT IV - The quartet

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End of the opera - Gilda's death


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