‘Rigoletto’ to be staged at Browsholme Hall, Bashall Eaves

A scene from Heritage Opera's performance of Rigoletto.
A scene from Heritage Opera's performance of Rigoletto.

RIGOLETTO, a tale of passion, kidnap, curses, seduction and murder comes to one of Ribble Valley’s most historic houses next month.

Heritage Opera will perform Verdi’s dark masterpiece in the wonderful period setting of Browsholme Hall, near Bashall Eaves, on Friday April 6th, at 7-30 p.m. The debauched Duke of Mantua makes a habit of seducing young maidens and his eye is taken by the lovely Gilda, whom he has seen while out on one of his many incognito jaunts. He misleads her into believing he’s a poor student.

She happens to be the daughter of the Duke’s court jester, Rigoletto, who has kept her shielded from the sordid goings on at court. Things turn nasty when the Duke’s hench men kidnap Gilda in order that he might have his wicked way...

To find out how the story resolves, see Heritage Opera, the Northwest’s professional touring opera company, perform the piece in a new English translation at Browsholme.

Tickets range in price from £10 for under-18s to £22 and can be booked online at www.heritageopera.co.uk or via the Browsholme Hall website (www.browsholme.com) which also has more information about the splendid venue and how to get there. A two-course supper is also available after the performance, priced at £14.50 per person, again details are on the website.