Review of Verdi’s “Rigoletto”, Madrid.



Nuevo Teatro Alcala Theatre.


There is certain audience in Madrid which is looking forward to listening to the Opera classics and, specially this year, to listening to Verdi’s classics. The Estudio Lìrico of Madrid and the Mediterranean Philharmonic Orchestra are arranging it with great success.


In this ocassion, “Rigoletto” was performed delivering a little bit of everything.

As per usual it was a modest set with a rather small Orchestra but well conducted by the Argentinian Master Alejandro Jassan who went through some difficulties due to a last minute change of teachers. Still, he achieved a good performance.


Regarding the voices, remarkable Graciela Armendariz as Gilda , got better and better as the performance went on. She does have a great voice but should work on the pass-by and delivery of highs. The main character, Rigoletto was played by the Canary Leopoldo Rojas who did not perform up to the level requested. It is, perhaps, a too big of a roll regarding both the voice and the scene. The Duque was played by Miguel Borrallo, a tenor who is starting to make a carreer and who improved his performance throughout the Opera until finishing brilliantly.

Great performance as well of Inès Olabarrìa as Magdalena. She is a great mezzo with character and a voice that fits the roll perfectly.

And last Francisco Santiago as Sparafucile with a noticeable voice, not too big though, who delivered a great scene performance. All the others delivered as expected.


The audience applauded the Ar