Leo Nucci debuta en Les Arts with 'Rigoletto', in Verdi, under the direction of Roberto Abbado

The legendary baritone Leo Nucci debut at the Palau de les Arts with 'Rigoletto', de Giuseppe Verdi, with musical direction by Roberto Abbado, this Saturday, 11 of May, in the Main Hall.

The artistic director of the Arts, Jesus Iglesias Noriega, this title has presented today at a press conference, accompanied by self Leo Nucci with Roberto Abbado and Emilio Sagi, responsible for the staging.

‘Rigoletto’, as it noted Noriega Iglesias, It is one of the most popular works of the composer Busseto, only outnumbered representations La Traviata, and Leo Nucci, his interpreter benchmark since its debut in the role in 1973.

Bolognese baritone holds more than 500 career performances in major theaters in the world, a figure that, as noted by the artist born in Castiglione dei Pepoli, "Sum together with tests and trials over 2.000 Sometimes the skin of the tormented jester. Y, Nonetheless, each night, their representation is different, because the transformation of the character is the evolution of man ".

At 77 years, Nucci has built one of the longest careers of world opera scene. Closely linked to La Scala in Milan, the baritone is unique presence for more than three decades in the Milanese temple, where, today's date, He has appeared in more than 200 operates more than twenty titles, with commitments also in this season.

in Valencia, singer reunites with Roberto Abbado, musical director of 'Rigoletto', the interpreter who has worked on numerous occasions.

He explains Abbado, their relationship goes back more than 40 years, when the director was studying at the conservatory in Milan, but his first collaboration was in Barcelona 1982 with another score of Verdi, 'Don Carlo'.

"This is our second 'Rigoletto' together, and the third in my career after directing at the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Metropolitan in New York ", pointing the Milanese master.

" 'Rigoletto' is a popular opera", explains Abbado, not only because it integrates with 'Il trovatore' and 'La Traviata' known as popular trilogy of Verdi, but by the excellent response "he has received public of Valencia before this story".

"First, the opera has a libretto and music perfect. This is one of the best examples of collaboration with librettist Giuseppe Verdi Francesco Maria Piave. Every word and every note are necessary, how personal relationships are represented, using the 'Mezzavoce' and to translate them duets, together with the beauty of music they complement a plot that could happen today ".

Emilio Sagi signs the staging of 'Rigoletto', it is a coproduction of the Bilbao Association of Friends of the Opera (ABAO) and the Teatro São Carlos in Lisbon, with sets by Ricardo Sánchez-Cuerda, Miguel Crespí wardrobe, Eduardo Bravo lighting and choreography by Nuria Castejon.

The 'regista' is ovetense, Always according to Jesus Iglesias, a sure value in the operatic panorama, besides one of the essential figures in the history of Les Arts, where he has directed titles like 'The Witch', 'The king who raged', The duo 'The African' ', ‘Katiuska’, 'Luisa Fernanda', 'Lucrezia Borgia', 'Tancredi' or 'Il mondo della luna'.

Its scenic proposal, Sagi explains, takes place in a gloomy atmosphere, to emphasize the theatricality of the work and solitude in which the characters live, "Incommunicado and fixated", describe.

The scenography includes a ramp that is transformed by virtue of the different paintings and a floor that is crumbling to symbolize corruption, so that in the last act there is only a piece of land left under the feet of the singers.

First voices

Besides Leo Nucci, the production of ‘Rigoletto’ brings together a cast of prominent voices in the Verdi repertoire who have previously received the applause of the Valencian public at Les Arts.

Vladimir Stoyanov to sing the role of Rigoletto in the last three performances. The Bulgarian baritone returns to the Valencian opera theater where he sang in 2010 en 'Lucia di Lammermoor'. With performances in the great capitals of the opera circuit (Paris, Vienna, London, Milan and New York), has collaborated with the most prestigious batons today: Myung-Whun Chung, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa y Antonio Pappano.

Celso Albelo plays at the Duke of Mantua, the role that he has sung the most times in his career. The canary tenor, one of the national voices with the greatest projection, has a special ancestry in Verdi's work, Bellini y Donizetti. further, has worked with directors such as Antonio Pappano, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Harding, Alberto Zedda and Nello Santi, among others. In Les Arts he debuted with Plácido Domingo in ‘Luisa Fernanda’ and closed last season with ‘La damnation de Faust’ with Roberto Abbado.

The soprano Maria Grazia Schiavo (Gilda) return to Les Arts 13 years later, she became one of the emerging voices in the bel canto and romantic repertoires. Since his debut in Valencia with ‘Don Giovanni’ with Lorin Maazel, the Neapolitan diva is a regular presence in the main European theaters.

The leading quintet closes with Italian bass Marco Spotti (Sparafucile) and Georgian 'mezzo-soprano' Nino Surguladze. The cast is complete, Besides, with the voices of Gabriele Sagona (Monterone) and the singers of the Center Plácido Domingo: Marta Di Stefano, Alberto Bonifazio, Mark Serdiuk, Arturo Espinosa, Olga Syniakova, Pau Armengol and Juliette Chauvet.

‘Rigoletto’, in addition to its premiere this Saturday 11 of May, Les Arts will be represented in days 14, 17, 19 Y 22.