Stage on Screen

Rigoletto on the Lake

Director: Philipp Stölzl

2020, 140 minutes, Digital, PG-13

Distributor: CineLife Entertainment

Stay after the film on Monday, February 17 for a Q&A with Dr. Matthew Franke.

Matthew Franke is a music historian who works at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He has a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has presented his research at conferences in the US, Italy, and the UK. He is currently working on a book about translation in late nineteenth-century Italian opera.



Verdi’s Thrilling Masterpiece Performed on the Magnificent Bregenz Lake Stage

Giuseppe Verdi’s masterwork – compelling, blood-curdling and beautiful – is being performed for the first time on the breathtaking water stage of Lake Constance, Bregenz. One of Verdi’s most popular works, Rigoletto is an unforgettable tale of a sacrifice and revenge; of a father’s rage and a daughter’s shame. It features several of opera’s best-known arias-including Rigoletto’s passionate denouncement “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata,” Gilda’s dreamy “Caro nome” and the Duke’s instantly recognizable “La donna è mobile.” Rigoletto was first performed in 1851 and is the first of the extraordinary “middle-period” trio of Verdi masterpieces that also includes La Traviata and Il Trovatore.

Directed and designed by Philipp Stölzl, this timeless tragedy will delight audiences with a powerhouse combination of entertainment and emotional intensity from the spectacular shore of Lake Constance, Bregenz.

Please note: Rigoletto on the Lake contains a sequence of flashing lights, which might affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitivity.


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