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Jonathan Miller's Rigoletto defies the passage of time

By Neil Norman   February 2017

© Catherine Ashmore

Rigoletto

English National Opera, London Coliseum, 2nd to 28th February

Can it really be 34 years since Jonathan Miller first unleashed his Mafia version of Verdi’s dark masterpiece? Tweaked and torqued through several revivals, this is a production that defies the passage of time. Set in New York’s Little Italy in the 1950s with a design heavily influenced by Edward Hopper, it is the perfect milieu for Verdi’s beautiful violence and stiletto wit. Richard Armstrong conducts a sterling cast that includes US baritone…

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