Rigoletto and The Rockin' Cowboys

In this Emotionworks Cut Opera premiere production, Verdi’s operatic masterpiece Rigoletto is condensed and integrated with the best classic country rock. This latest reinvention has adapted the story to the world of the super-rich tycoon.

Fast cars, fast women, love, deceit, murder and revenge feature in this 90-minute foot tapping, thigh slapping, dark and humorous Cut Opera take. The industrial backdrop of Lorbek Luxury Car showroom, with its spectacular display of classic and modern prestige cars, is transformed into a playground for cowboys—full of high energy opera fusion and featuring songs by The Eagles, Elvis, Credence Clearwater, Dixie Chicks, Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, Linda Rondstadt and Fleetwood Mac to name a few.

This is the story of a father's love. The damaged war veteran, Rigoletto, tries to save his innocent daughter Gilda from the powerful ‘Duke’ and his licentious, corrupt world. Rigoletto is the Duke’s loyal right hand man until the Duke takes the only thing that he holds dear. Rigoletto is haunted throughout by Monterone’s curse of a father’s revenge which drives the story to its tragic end.

Devised and directed by award winning director Julie Edwardson.

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