This week Sir Simon Keenlyside sings Rigoletto at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris and at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, marking the first of several performances of the role this season. With Ekaterina Siurina as Gilda, the two concert performances will be led by Gustavo Gimeno with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.
Since debuting the role at Welsh National Opera in 2010, Simon has portrayed Rigoletto at the Wiener Staatsoper, Royal Opera House, and this year at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Later this month, he will reprise the role for the Bayerische Staatsoper, before performances at Bratislava Opera in November. His portrayal has been described as “The reason to go … still where others flail, agile where some might stagger, Keenlyside can act anyone else off the stage” (The Guardian), “his embodiment of the character still captivates just as much, the singer is equally enthralling as soon as he opens his mouth” (ResMusica) and “quite superb in the title role, adding a gravelly tone to his usual immaculate voice to bring an earthy grittiness to the part that fits the troubled nature of Rigoletto excellently.” (The Express).
Other plans this season for Simon include Don Giovanni at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Germont Père La traviata and Ford Falstaff at the Wiener Staatsoper, Count Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro for the Royal Opera, and Wolfram Tannhäuser at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. On the concert platform, he will perform with the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst, the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Jérémie Rhorer, and with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Vienna Konzerthaus under Ryan Wigglesworth.
Having performed Mimi in Richard Jones’ production of La bohème at the Royal Opera House this summer, Ekaterina will return to the Wiener Staatsoper this season for Violetta La traviata. This follow recent successes as Donna Anna Don Giovanni in Vienna and Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore at the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Watch Ekaterina sing Gilda’s aria “Caro nome” at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden below: