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Rigoletto

Venue: Römersteinbruch Sankt Margarethen

 
Römersteinbruch Sankt Margarethen
7062 Sankt Margarethen im Burgenland
Austria
 
 
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Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

Traveling from Vienna

 

A2 direction Graz • at junction Guntramsdorf change to A3 direction Eisenstadt / Neusiedler See • exit Eisenstadt Süd, follow the B52 in the direction of St. Margarethen • take the second exit at the next roundabout and follow the road • at the roundabout at the end of St. Margarethen follow the Take the second exit • turn left at the green sign "Festspielgelände" You are located in the parking lot of the opera in the Steinbruch.

 

Departure at 18:00 pm from the Vienna International Bus Terminal, U3 Erdberg, or at 18:45 from the bus stop Intersport, Rusterstraße 146 in Eisenstadt.

 

 
Program details
 

Synopsis

 

Act 1

Scene 1: A room in the palace

At a ball in his palace,[25] the Duke sings of a life of pleasure with as many women as possible: "Questa o quella" ("This woman or that"). He has seen an unknown beauty in church and desires to possess her, but he also wishes to seduce the Countess of Ceprano. Rigoletto, the Duke's hunchbacked court jester, mocks the husbands of the ladies to whom the Duke is paying attention, including the Count Ceprano, and advises the Duke to get rid of him by prison or death. The Duke laughs indulgently, but Ceprano is not amused. Marullo, one of the guests at the ball, informs the courtiers that Rigoletto has a "lover", which astonishes them. The courtiers resolve to take vengeance on Rigoletto for making fun of them. The festivities are interrupted by the arrival of the elderly Count Monterone, whose daughter the Duke had seduced. Rigoletto provokes him further by making fun of his helplessness to avenge his daughter's honor. Monterone confronts the Duke, and is immediately arrested by the Duke's guards. Before being led off to prison, Monterone curses Rigoletto for having mocked his righteous anger. The curse terrifies Rigoletto, who is superstitious and, like many people at the time, believes that an old man's curse has real power.

Scene 2: A street, with the courtyard of Rigoletto's house

Preoccupied with the old man's curse, Rigoletto approaches his house and is accosted by the assassin Sparafucile, who walks up to him and offers his services. Rigoletto declines for the moment, but leaves open the possibility of hiring Sparafucile later, should the need arise. Sparafucile wanders off, after repeating his own name a few times. Rigoletto contemplates the similarities between the two of them: "Pari siamo!" ("We are alike!"); Sparafucile kills men with his sword, and Rigoletto uses "a tongue of malice" to stab his victims. Rigoletto opens a door in the wall and returns home to his daughter Gilda. They greet each other warmly: "Figlia!" "Mio padre!" ("Daughter!" "My father!"). Rigoletto has been concealing his daughter from the Duke and the rest of the city, and she does not know her father's occupation. Since he has forbidden her to appear in public, she has been nowhere except to church and does not even know her own father's name.

When Rigoletto has gone, the Duke appears and overhears Gilda confess to her nurse Giovanna that she feels guilty for not having told her father about a young man she had met at the church. She says that she fell in love with him, but that she would love him even more if he were a student and poor. As she declares her love, the Duke enters, overjoyed. Gilda, alarmed, calls for Giovanna, unaware that the Duke had sent her away. Pretending to be a student, the Duke convinces Gilda of his love: "È il sol dell'anima" ("Love is the sunshine of the soul"). When she asks for his name, he hesitantly calls himself Gualtier Maldè. Hearing sounds and fearing that her father has returned, Gilda sends the Duke away after they quickly trade vows of love: "Addio, addio" ("Farewell, farewell"). Alone, Gilda meditates on her love for the Duke, whom she believes is a student: "Gualtier Maldè!... Caro nome" ("Dearest name").

Later, Rigoletto returns: "Riedo!... perché?" ("I've returned!... why?"), while the hostile courtiers outside the walled garden (believing Gilda to be the jester's mistress, unaware she is his daughter) get ready to abduct the helpless girl. They tell Rigoletto that they are actually abducting the Countess Ceprano. He sees that they are masked and asks for a mask for himself; while they are tying the mask onto his face, they also blindfold him. Blindfolded and deceived, he holds the ladder steady while they climb up to Gilda's room: Chorus: "Zitti, zitti" ("Softly, softly"). With her father's unknowing assistance Gilda is carried away by the courtiers. Left alone, Rigoletto removes his mask and blindfold, and realizes that it was in fact Gilda who was carried away. He collapses in despair, remembering the old man's curse.

 

Act 2

The Duke's Palace

The Duke is concerned that Gilda has disappeared: "Ella mi fu rapita!" ("She was stolen from me!") and "Parmi veder le lagrime" ("I seem to see tears"). The courtiers then enter and inform him that they have captured Rigoletto's mistress: Chorus: "Scorrendo uniti" ("We went together at nightfall"). By their description, he recognizes it to be Gilda and rushes off to the room where she is held: "Possente amor mi chiama" ("Mighty love beckons me"). Pleased by the Duke's strange excitement, the courtiers now make sport with Rigoletto, who enters singing. He tries to find Gilda by pretending to be uncaring, as he fears she may fall into the hands of the Duke. Finally, he admits that he is in fact seeking his daughter and asks the courtiers to return her to him: "Cortigiani, vil razza dannata" ("Accursed race of courtiers"). Rigoletto attempts to run into the room in which Gilda is being held, but the courtiers block the way. Gilda enters. The courtiers leave the room, believing Rigoletto has gone mad. Gilda describes to her father what has happened to her in the palace: "Tutte le feste al tempio" ("On all the blessed days"). In a duet Rigoletto swears vengeance against the Duke, while Gilda pleads for her lover: "Sì! Vendetta, tremenda vendetta!" ("Yes! Revenge, terrible revenge!").

 

Act 3

A street outside Sparafucile's house

A portion of Sparafucile's house is seen, with two rooms open to the view of the audience. Rigoletto and Gilda arrive outside. The Duke's voice can be heard singing "La donna è mobile" ("Woman is fickle"), laying out the infidelity and fickle nature of women. Rigoletto makes Gilda realize that it is the Duke who is in the assassin's house attempting to seduce Sparafucile's sister, Maddalena: "Bella figlia dell’amore" ("Beautiful daughter of love").

Rigoletto bargains with the assassin, who is ready to murder his guest for 20 scudi. Rigoletto orders Gilda to put on a man's clothes to prepare to leave for Verona and states that he plans to follow later. With falling darkness, a thunderstorm approaches and the Duke decides to spend the rest of the night in the house. Sparafucile directs him to the ground floor sleeping quarters, resolving to kill him in his sleep.

Gilda, who still loves the Duke despite knowing him to be unfaithful, returns dressed as a man and stands outside the house. Maddalena, who is smitten with the handsome Duke, begs Sparafucile to spare his life. Sparafucile reluctantly promises her that if by midnight another victim can be found, he will kill the other instead of the Duke. Gilda, overhearing this exchange, resolves to sacrifice herself for the Duke, and enters the house. Sparafucile stabs her and she collapses, mortally wounded.

At midnight, when Rigoletto arrives with money, he receives a corpse wrapped in a sack, and rejoices in his triumph. Weighting it with stones, he is about to cast the sack into the river when he hears the voice of the Duke, sleepily singing a reprise of his "La donna è mobile" aria. Bewildered, Rigoletto opens the sack and, to his despair, discovers his dying daughter. For a moment, she revives and declares she is glad to die for her beloved: "V'ho ingannato" ("Father, I deceived you"). She dies in his arms. Rigoletto cries out in horror: "La maledizione!" ("The curse!")

 
Venue
 
Römersteinbruch Sankt Margarethen
 

The Festival arena in the Römersteinbruch St. Margarethen is Europe's biggest natural stage. The open-air concert hall has an area of 7,000 square metres, with space for 4,670 people. Its unique acoustics and its special atmosphere alone make it the perfect place to experience the thrilling world of opera. The impressive setting arouses emotions that go beyond the confines of music.

Unforgettable experience

The monumental rockface, the unique acoustics and the special climate and the fauna and flora all contribute to an unforgettable evening at the opera. The Festival arena in the Roman quarry arouses emotions, creates tension and brings people closer. An exclusive location that our audiences return to time after time.

 

The St. Margarethen Opera Festival is about 70 km from Vienna.

From Vienna

• A2 towards Graz
• At the Guntramsdorf intersection switch to the A3 towards Eisenstadt / Neusiedler See
• Take the Eisenstadt Süd exit, then turn right on to the B52 going towards St. Margarethen
• At the next roundabout take the second exit and follow the road
• At the roundabout at the far end of St. Margarethen, take the second exit
• You'll see a green sign marked "Festspielgelände": turn left, park the car and enjoy your evening!

From Graz

• A2 towards Vienna
• At the Wiener Neustadt intersection switch to the S4 towards Eisenstadt / Mattersburg
• At the Mattersburg intersection switch to the S31 towards Eisenstadt / Sopron
• Take the Eisenstadt Süd exit, then turn right on to the B52 going towards St. Margarethen
• At the next roundabout take the second exit and follow the road
• At the roundabout at the far end of St. Margarethen, take the second exit
• You'll see a green sign marked "Festspielgelände": turn left, park the car and enjoy your evening!

From Linz

• At the Steinhäusl intersection, switch to the A21 towards Wien Süd / Graz
• At the Vösendorf intersection, switch to the A2 towards Eisenstadt / Graz wechseln
• At the Guntramsdorf intersection, switch to the A3 towards Eisenstadt / Neusiedler See
• Take the Eisenstadt Süd exit, then turn right on to the B52 going towards St. Margarethen
• At the next roundabout take the second exit and follow the road
• At the roundabout at the far end of St. Margarethen, take the second exit
• You'll see a green sign marked "Festspielgelände": turn left, park the car and enjoy your evening!
 
There are plenty of parking spaces available at no charge on the Festival site!

 

Experience stone quarry


Since 1996, the stone quarry of St. Margarethen has been a meeting place for international opera friends in Europe. The location at the center of a historically significant cultural landscape promises a journey into unique worlds of experience.


With the quality claim to offer popular and high-quality opera productions, the opera in the Steinbruch is the same attraction for an enthusiastic audience as well as for international opera stars and musicians.


Under the private foundation Esterházy as owner, this location experienced a comprehensive expansion in 2006. The young, international architectural group AWG from Vienna has understood this with a sense of sensitivity to give the sensitive space a very exciting architecture.

 

 

Festival Area


The Steinbruch in St. Margarethen is one of the most beautiful and imposing open-air arenas in Europe, with two stages of unique atmosphere and acoustics: the main stage with 7,000 m2, a huge open-air concert hall with almost 5,000 spectator seats and the Ruffini stage with up to 2,300 seats . It was named after Romulo Ruffini, the head of Prince Esterházy's stone quarry.


A modern infrastructure provides you with numerous amenities during your visit to the Opera in the Steinbruch. The access to the quarry through a spacious ramp provides a special experience: wonderful views of the landscape surrounding the quarry, as well as a first glimpse into the cultural experience to be expected. From here, visitors can already take a look at the stage (s), the opera lounge, the rocky crags and the lively activity before a wonderful opera performance.


Gastronomy


Opernlounge


An evening at the Opernlounge in the Steinbruch St. Margarethen is an experience for all senses! Here, a stylish stage for undisturbed receptions, private jubilees as well as representative events with friends or business partners is offered. Our catering partner serves delicious delicacies and fine wines. Bookable for small groups from 2 persons or companies up to 200 persons.


Gastronomy in the foyer


In the large foyer park international specialties and regional delicacies are served. Enjoy the culinary pleasures before the performance and during the break, be it small snacks or hot dishes and sweet delicacies for coffee. The special offer is rounded off by noble wines from the Esterházy vineyard and the winegrowing community "the st. Margarethener".

 

 

Accessibility & Shuttleservice


Accessibility


For people with handicaps, the opera in the Steinbruch offers a special service on site as well as discounts on ticket purchases.


Special parking spaces


Visitors with wheelchairs have their own parking area in the parking lot at the festival grounds. This is assigned by the folder staff on site. We appreciate your understanding that there is only a limited number of parking spaces available.


Barrier-free access


The access to the grounds of the opera in the Steinbruch and to the tribune is via a barrier-free ramp and is therefore also suitable for people with handicaps or wheelchair users.


Accessible toilets


There are barrier-free and wheelchair-accessible toilets on the festival grounds.


Discounts for people with disabilities


People with handicap receive 10% discount for a card on the normal price in all categories (except footless rows). Wheelchair users and their accompanying persons receive a 50% discount on the standard price for the wheelchair spaces defined in the seating plan


Shuttle service from the parking area to the grandstand


People with disabilities and elderly persons with reduced mobility are offered free transportation from the main entrance to the stone quarry to the grandstand. The shuttle bus provided for this purpose is equipped with wheelchair access and is supervised by qualified personnel

 


Traveling from Vienna

 

A2 direction Graz • at junction Guntramsdorf change to A3 direction Eisenstadt / Neusiedler See • exit Eisenstadt Süd, follow the B52 in the direction of St. Margarethen • take the second exit at the next roundabout and follow the road • at the roundabout at the end of St. Margarethen follow the Take the second exit • turn left at the green sign "Festspielgelände" You are located in the parking lot of the opera in the Steinbruch.

 

 


Bad weather


Weatherproof clothing


The performances at the Steinbruch St. Margarethen are open-air and are performed in the open air. The performances take place, if necessary, even in unfavorable weather. For this reason, we advise our guests to wear rainproof, warm clothing and solid shoes in case of bad weather forecast.


Cancellation, postponement and interruption


Cancellation can only take place at the beginning of the performance and can only be pronounced on the spot by the local festival committee. The Festiviteitung reserves the right to postpone the beginning of the introduction or to interrupt the performance due to weather conditions.


Weather report


The current weather report can also be found at www.zamg.ac.at

 
 
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