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One of Newcastle’s best loved venues has reverted back to its old name – the Tyne Theatre and Opera House. And so, what better way to celebrate than staging a stunning production of opera grandmaster Verdi’s masterpiece, Rigoletto, complete with a large, live orchestra (a whopping 30 of them)?

Rigoletto is the name of a hunchbacked court jester in 16th Century France, who peeves a powerful Count with his irreverent sense of humour. Whereas today, objectors to a particular brand of comedy can complain to Ofcom, the Count instead places a curse on the colourful comic, leading to a tragic and captivating series of events, as Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter is drawn into his downfall. Based on a play by Victor Hugo (of Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame fame), this opera is rightfully acknowledged as Italian maestro Verdi’s first classic and has been performed thousands of times across the ages. It’s chock-a-block with misunderstanding, seduction, family disputes and revenge. In other words, why settle for Eastenders when you can catch this much classier interpretation?

This extravagant production is brought to us by the Russian State Ballet and Opera House, promising to kick-start this new era in the theatre’s history in style. An opera in the Opera House (performed by a world class opera company): nothing could be more fitting.

Rigoletto comes to the Tyne Theatre and Opera House on Monday 16th February.

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