The celebrate their fifth anniversary as one of the Bogotá most important cultural spaces, the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo (TMJSD), is putting on the stage, Giuseppe Verdi’s much-loved three act opera, Rigoletto.

Considered the first operatic masterpiece of the composer’s middle-to-late carreer, Rigoletto, premiered at Venice’s La Fenice Theatre on March 11th, 1851 and tells a story of deception, passion and unrequited love involving the morally-bankrupt Duke of Mantua, a hunch-backed court jester, Rigoletto, and Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter, Gilda.

On May 26th 2010, the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo opened its doors for the first time and during its five years has established itself as one of the most important venues in Latin America for world-renowned orchestras, chamber music ensembles, dance companies and solo artists. With its acoustically rich stage and complete services for theatregoers, the Teatro Mayor, has a close working relationship with the Ministry of Culture and the capital’s Institute for Arts and Recreation allowing this organization to host important productions and bring to the country orchestras, as well as award-winning contemporary bands.

This modern take on Rigoletto is a co-production between the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, the Teatro Mayor and Zurich Opera House. In charge of the beautiful art direction is Tatjana Gürbaca (Germany) and France’s Patrick Fournillier is the invited conductor. Fournillier is the Music director of the Nouvel Orchestre De Saint-Etienne and co-founder of the Massenet Festival at Saint-Etienne.

The Choir of the Opera of Colombia will also perform in this landmark cultural event. Playing the role of Rigoletto is one of today’s foremost Italian dramatic baritones Claudio Sgura. Massimiliano Pisapia (Tenor) takes on the role of the Duke of Matua and Russian soprano Katerina Tretyakova interprets Rigoletto’s over-impulsive heroine, Gilda.

The Teatro Mayor has billed three performances of Rigoletto starting Tuesday May 26th, a performance on Thursday 28th and a final presentation on Saturday 30th. Tickets to all shows are priced at $ 35,000 pesos and an event not to be missed and which promises to showcase the best of the Teatro Mayor as it reaches this important cultural milestone.

Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo.

Ave Calle 170 No. 67-51.