“Rigoletto” in Krakov, Poland



Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

22.09.2013 Sunday, time: 6:00 pm


Il Duca di Mantova Krzysztof Bednarek, Vasyl Grokholskyi, Tomasz Kuk, Krzysztof Marciniak, Leszek Świdziński, Adam Zdunikowski
Rigoletto Andrzej Biegun, Andrzej Dobber, Jerzy Mechliński, Leszek Skrla, Dainius Stumbras, Mikołaj Zalasiński
Gilda Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha, Edyta Piasecka-Durlak, Joanna Woś, Dorota Wójcik
Sparafucile Janusz Borowicz, Volodymyr Pankiv, Rafał Siwek, Wiesław Nowak
Maddalena-Giovanna Agnieszka Cząstka, Małgorzata Ratajczak, Bożena Zawiślak-Dolny
Il Monte di Monterone Przemysław Firek, Krzysztof Witkowski Il Monte di Ceprano Krzysztof Dekański, Wiesław Nowak, Jacek Ozimkowski, Volodymyr Pankiv
La Contessa di Ceprano Joanna Tylkowska, Karin Wiktor-Kałucka
Marullo Michał Kutnik, Konrad Szota
Borsa Janusz Dębowski, Franciszek Makuch
Piaggio della Duchessa  Kamila Mędrek-Żurek, Marta Poliszot-Holzmann
Usciere di Corte Jan Migała, Andrzej Wartalski
Marionetta Maciej Zabielski, Tadeusz Żak

Krakow Opera Orchestra, Choir and Ballet 

Production team:

  • Music Director Aurelio Canonici
  • Director Henryk Baranowski
  • Set Designer Henryk Baranowski, Sławomir Lewczuk
  • Costumes Zofia de Ines 
  • Chorus Leader Ewa Bator, Marek KLuza 
  • Lighting Robert Baliński
  • Choreography Janina Niesobska
  • Premiere 28th March 2004

About the title:

Opera in 3 acts
The Italian libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave based on the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo.

World premiere: Venice, 11th March 1851
Polish premiere: Warsaw, 8 November 1853


Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto is one of the greatest operas in the history of 19th century music. The composer is believed to have said after the premiere that he would never write anything better. The director Henryk Baranowski was awarded the 2000 Golden Mask (Złota Maska) for his production, which he prepared to celebrate the Krakow Opera’s 50th anniversary. Rigoletto never ceases to delight the Krakow audience: the show is always played to a full house and the artists are rewarded with thunderous applause. The critics praise Gilda (in Edyta Piasecka’s excellent interpretation), who “is not a conventional, sweet, innocent thing, but a mysterious, fascinating figure in white, who meekly submits to her father’s and the Duke’s will. This character (…) is interestingly and consistently developed (…) Traditionally interpreted as the epitomic victim of intrigue and male lust, Baranowski’s Gilda is affected by “toxic love,” by “her father’s bad touch,” and creates situations built of her desires and fears in relation to men.”

  Address: ul. Lubicz 48, 31-512 Krakow, tel: (+48) 12 296 61 00
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