A striking tale of corrupted innocence, Rigoletto, the Duke of Mantua’s court jester, encourages his master to seduce a courtier’s daughter, leading to both of them being cursed by the courtier. The Duke’s next object of desire? Rigoletto’s own daughter, Gilda. A subversive opera in its day, Verdi fearlessly depicted a corrupt and immoral society. With vibrant dances and a complex score that culminates in a famous quartet in Act III featuring all the principal players, this bold opera has only gained reverence over the years. Visionary opera director David McVicar highlights the shocking and insidious world within which this gripping tale unfolds.