Askonas Holt singers star in Royal Opera House’s ‘Rigoletto’

David McVicar’s thrilling production of Rigoletto returns to the Royal Opera House Covent Garden this week with Andrea Mastroni as Sparafucile, James Rutherford as Count Monterone, Lucy Crowe as Gilda and Luis Gomes as Matteo Borsa. Baritone Dimitri Platanias takes on the title role with Alexander Joel leading from the pit.

Lucy Crowe © Marco Borggreve

Following Lucy’s huge success as Ismene in Mitridate at the Royal Opera earlier this year, Lucy returns to sing Gilda, a role she debuted in the house in 2012 under John Eliot Gardiner where the critics praised her “bright, bell-like soprano sounds closer, perhaps, to the old Austro-German school of Gildas – say Hilde Gueden, Erika Köth or Lucia Popp…” (Opera Magazine). This season has seen Lucy’s Vixen in staged performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle; her role debut as Donna Elvira with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer; and still to come in 2017/18, she will make role debuts as Countess in The Marriage of Figaro at the English National Opera and as Peri in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel in staged performances by Peter Sellars.

Andrea Mastroni © Nicodemo Luca Lucà

Andrea made his debut at the Met earlier this year, performing as Sparafucile in Rigoletto, and has just released his first CD of Handel arias with the Accademia dell’Annunciata. Engagements this season and beyond include Rodelinda at the Opéra de Lille under Emmanuelle Haïm; Rocco in Fidelio at Ópera de Oviedo, Agrippina at the Bayerische Staatsoper and Royal Opera House; a recording of Agrippina followed by a tour with il Pomo d’Oro; La Calisto, Die Zauberflöte, Achille in Sciro and Timur in Turandot at Teatro Real Madrid.

James Rutherford © Werner Kmetitisch

Further ahead, James travels to Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon for Orestes in Elektra before making his return to the Frankfurt Opera as Wotan in Das Rheingold. Concert highlights of the season include Sea Symphony with the Stuttgart Bachakademie, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and Bach’s Matthew Passion with Ex Cathedra at the Symphony Hall Birmingham.

Rigoletto plays at the Royal Opera House from 14 December 2017 –  16 January 2018. The performance on 16 January will also be broadcast live in cinemas as part of ROH’s Live Cinema Season. For more information or to buy tickets, see the ROH website.

Watch the trailer for Rigoletto here

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