OPera in the Quarry

Rigoletto

Giuseppe Verdi
The 2017 Opera in the Quarry season will feature one of Giuseppe Verdi’s most popular operas: “Rigoletto”. The premiere is on 12 July on one of Europe’s most impressive open-air stages at St. Margarethen Quarry. The quarry’s rugged rocky landscape provides a breathtaking backdrop for Verdi’s masterpiece.

PREMIERE

12 July 2017

STARTS

8.30 pm

VENUE

Steinbruch St. Margarethen
Römersteinbruch 1
7062 St. Margarethen


DURATION

approx. 3 hours, including intermission

DOORS OPEN

6.30 pm

Synopsis

The story of the court jester Rigoletto and his daughter has all the suspense of a thriller and is one of opera’s most tragic tales. Rigoletto is the hunchbacked jester working for the Duke of Mantua, a notorious womanizer. The jester is always teasing the cuckolded husbands and irate fathers who fall prey to the Duke’s philandering, humiliating them with his biting ridicule. Count Monterone, whose daughter had been seduced by the Duke, calls down a curse on the jester for his cruelty. But when Rigoletto proposes that the courtiers abduct Count Ceprano’s wife, they are outraged and decide to teach him a lesson. They abduct Rigoletto’s “lady companion” instead, who is rumoured to be his lover but in actual fact is his daughter, Gilda. The jester searches for Gilda and finds her at court. She admits that the Duke seduced her. Realizing that the Duke has deflowered his own daughter, Rigoletto vows to avenge her honour by having him murdered. But events take a tragic turn as the assassin Sparafucile stabs Gilda instead, who, naively infatuated with her seducer, intervened to try and save him. And thus Count Monterone’s curse is fulfilled.

“The best subject I have set to music so far,” the otherwise modest composer enthused when the opera “Rigoletto” was premiered at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice in 1851. And nobody will contradict him here! “Rigoletto” went on to take the world’s stages by storm and cemented Verdi’s international fame.

Without doubt, Rigoletto secured Verdi world fame.


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Leading Team

Musical Director

Anja Bihlmaier

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Director, Set Design & Lighting

Philippe Arlaud

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Conductor

Daniel Hoyem-Cavazza

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Choral Conductor

Walter Zeh

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Costumes

Andrea Uhmann

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CAST

Rigoletto

Vladislav Sulimsky

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Rigoletto

Davide Damiani

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Gilda

Elena Sancho Pereg

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Gilda

Tatiana Larina

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Herzog

Yosep Kang

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Herzog

Arthur Espiritu

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Herzog

Jesus Leon

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Maddalena & Giovanna

Annely Peebo

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Maddalena & Giovanna

Jordanka Milkova

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Monterone

Clemens Unterreiner

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Monterone

Jacek Strauch

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Sparafucile

Luke Stoker

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Sparafucile

Sorin Coliban

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Graf Ceprano

Simon Duus

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Graf Ceprano

Karl Huml

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Gräfin Ceprano & Page

Manuela Leonhartsberger

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Gräfin Ceprano & Page

Katrin Koch

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Borsa

Kirlianit Cortes

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Borsa

David Jagodic

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Marullo

Simon Schnorr

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Marullo

Stefan Hadzic

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Vienna Philharmonic Choir

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Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

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DATES

07-12-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets
07-13-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets
07-14-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets
07-15-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets
07-20-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets
07-21-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets
07-22-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets
07-27-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets
07-28-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets
07-29-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets
07-30-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets
08-03-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets
08-04-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets
08-05-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets
08-11-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets
08-12-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets
08-13-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets
08-18-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets
08-19-2017, 08:30 PM Tickets

PRICES

Advance Booking prices

Category Thu / Sun Fri / Sat
K1 110,00 118,00
K2 85,00 95,00
K3 68,00 77,00
K4 47,00 57,00
K5 33,00 42,00
K6 (extra legroom) 135,00 145,00
K7 (extra legroom) 122,00 131,00
K8 (extra legroom) 80,00 89,00
K9 (extra legroom) 61,00 70,00
K10 (extra legroom) 44,00 54,00
All prices are inclusive of VAT and duties. Cost of postage not included. There are no reductions available for the rows with extra-legroom seating (K6–K10). Tickets purchased at the evening box office are not eligible for any reductions and are subject to an additional charge of € 5 per ticket.
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TICKETS

Eisenstadt Ticket Office

pan.event GmbH

T: +43 2682 65 0 65

F: +43 2682 65 0 65 888

Esterházyplatz 4

A-7000 Eisenstadt

E: tickets@panevent.at

Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

or online


St. Margarethen Quarry Ticket Office

Opening times: July & August 2017, Wednesday to Sunday 10am-5pm.



Evening box office

The evening box office is open from 5.30–9pm on days when there is a performance.

Tickets purchased at the evening box office are subject to an additional charge of € 5 per ticket and are not eligible for any reductions.


Exchanges and returns

Please note that tickets that are fixed and paid cannot be cancelled or changed. Changes to the program and the cast do not entitle ticket holders to return or exchange their tickets. If a performance is sold out tickets may be returned for sale without guarantee on a consignment basis. The consignment fee is 20% of the ticket price. If a ticket is resold, the balance is paid at the end of the Festival.


Bad weather

The performances in St. Margarethen Quarry are staged in the open. In the event of bad weather, performances may continue. We therefore urge our guests to wear warm, rainproof garments and sturdy shoes if the weather forecast is bad. Performances are never cancelled before the starting time and cancellations are at the sole discretion of the Festival management. The Festival management reserves the right to delay the start or interrupt the performance due to weather conditions. If a performance is cancelled by the event organizer before 45 minutes of the opera has been performed, tickets can be returned to the advance ticket vendor where they were purchased. The ticket price will be refunded by the event organizer exclusive of postage costs and other charges. For organizational reasons, it is not possible to refund the ticket price on site at the venue’s ticket offices or in the Festival office. For more information click here.


Entry to the Festival grounds

All visitors must hold a valid ticket for that day.


Visitor Rules

Upon accessing the quarry site, the visitor undertakes to adhere to these Visitor Rules. You can find those rules printed at the ticket office at the entrance of the quarry.


Dogs and pets

Please note that dogs and other pets are not allowed inside the Festival grounds with the exception of assistance dogs. Thank you for your understanding.



CONCESSIONS


Pupils, students, and apprentices (age 6 to 26)

are eligible for a 30% reduction on ticket prices from the categories 1 to 5.

The appropriate ID (pupil, student or apprentice ID card) must be shown when your ticket is checked on entering the Festival venue.


Note

These reductions can be booked at the Festival Office pan.event (T+43 [0]2682 65 0 65, E tickets@panevent.at) or online. Discounts cannot be combined and proof of eligibility is required (the appropriate ID or pass). Please show this when your ticket is checked on entering the Festival venue. When making your booking, please state your eligibility for a reduction, as this cannot be granted retroactively.


People with disabilities

are eligible for a 10% reduction on tickets from the categories 1 to 5.

Proof of eligibility is required for this reduction. Please send a copy of the disability pass by post, fax (+43 [0]2682 65 0 65 888) or scanned and in an email to tickets@panevent.at.


Wheelchair users and an accompanying guest

are eligible for a 50% reduction on ticket prices for designated wheelchair spaces in the seating plan in the categories 1 to 4. Wheelchair spaces must be booked in person or on the telephone at the Festival Office pan.event GmbH in Eisenstadt (T +43 [0]2682 65 0 65). Cannot be combined with other discounts.


Note

These reductions can be booked at the Festival Office pan.event (T+43 [0]2682 65 0 65, E tickets@panevent.at). Discounts cannot be combined and proof of eligibility is required (the appropriate ID or pass). Please show this when your ticket is checked on entering the Festival venue. When making your booking, please state your eligibility for a reduction, as this cannot be granted retroactively.

Opera lounge

The Opera Lounge at St. Margarethen Quarry is the perfect place for connoisseurs to get together!


STYLISH LOCATION FOR EVERY OCCASION

The Opera Lounge’s panorama terrace provides a stylish venue to entertain friends or business partners at prestigious events, or to hold private receptions and celebrations. Suitable both for small groups of two or more and large gatherings of up to 200 people.


MOUTHWATERING DISHES

Our head chef creates delicious meals to suit everyone’s taste. In the 2017 season, Italian and Pannonian cuisine are innovatively combined to create a true culinary treat! Recipes from Verdi’s homeland Italy will be enhanced with regional and seasonal products. These will be served as a tasting menu accompanied by fine wines from the Esterházy Winery.


THE PERFECT SETTING FOR YOUR EVENT

A breathtaking backdrop and a glamorous, modern restaurant design provide the perfect setting for your very own VIP event. In the Opera Lounge you can welcome business partners, clients or colleagues to an area reserved especially for you. The space can be customized with your branding including signs with your company logo or other marketing materials (charged according to time and effort involved). Your bespoke event is organized in cooperation with the Festival office. The Opera Lounge combines art, fine food and a convivial atmosphere to create an exquisite pageant for all the senses.


OPERA LOUNGE AT A GLANCE

♦ Can be booked from 2 up to 200 people

♦ Doors open at 6.30 pm, a refreshing aperitif is served in the Opera Lounge to welcome you

♦ Serving of the tasting menu of starters and main courses begins at 7 pm

♦ Desserts, coffee and tea are served in the intermission

♦ Open bar following the performance until 12 midnight

♦ Opera Lounge packages include admission to the Opera Lounge, the chosen menu and all drinks from the Opera Lounge selection.

♦ The Opera Lounge is closed during the performance and you are not permitted to stay there.

♦ Opera Lounge packages can only be booked in combination with a valid ticket for the opera performance.

♦ The Terms and Conditions and bad weather policy apply Opernlounge.


CATERING

Included drinks

♦ Aperitif

♦ Sparkling wine from the Esterházy Winery

♦ Wine from the Esterházy Winery

♦ Beer

♦ Non-alcoholic drinks (Fruit juices & Mineral water)

♦ Coffee & tea



CULINARY PACKAGES

Let us spoil you! You have a choice between two different packages in the Opera Lounge.


Deluxe Package „HERZOG“

♦ You are welcomed with a refreshing aperitif and an amuse-bouche.

♦ A tasting menu of different antipasti, primi and secondi piatti before the performance.

♦ Dolci, coffee and tea are served in the intermission.

Deluxe extras included:

♦ Premium wine from the Esterházy Winery

♦ Digestif fine spirits and liqueurs from the Esterházy Winery

♦ Deluxe opera set „Rigoletto“programe, seat pad and fleece blanket in an „Rigoletto“ bag


Price per person € 117

incl. admission to the Opera Lounge, served meals and drinks and deluxe extras



Gourmet Package „GILDA"

♦ You are welcomed with a refreshing aperitif and an amuse-bouche.

♦ A tasting menu of different antipasti, primi and secondi piatti before the performance.

♦ Dolci, coffee and tea are served in the intermission.



Price per person € 85

incl. admission to the Opera Lounge and served meals and drinks.


All prices inclusive VAT, duties and taxes. Cost of postage and opera tickets not included.



To plan your perfect event please contact:


Opera Lounge & Events

Katharina Kainrath, MSc

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GETTING HERE

To Google routeplanner

Adress for your GPS navigation device:

7062 St. Margarethen Römersteinbruch 1

Coordinates: N 47.802029/ E 16.636369

Blaguss shuttle bus from Vienna

Departs

Bus terminal VIB (Vienna international bus terminal)

U3, underground station Erdberg, Erdbergstraße 200, A-1030 Vienna

Dates

12 July to 19 August 2017

Departs at 6 pm

Return after the end of the performance

Price for the return bus trip: € 26 per person incl. VAT (does not include postage costs or opera tickets)


Blaguss shuttle bus from Eisenstadt

Departs

Intersport bus stop, Ruster Straße 146, 7000 Eisenstadt

Dates

12 July to 19 August 2017

Departs at 6.45 pm

Return after the end of the performance

Price for a return bus trip: € 13 per person incl. VAT (does not include postage costs or opera tickets)


Bookings (from Vienna & Eisenstadt)

By telephone (+43 2682 65 0 65) or online


Last minute bookings can only be made through Blaguss (subject to availability)


Reservation and information:

Reiseunternehmen Blaguss

Richard-Strauss-Strasse 32

1230 Vienna

T +43 (0)1 610 90-0



A2 towards Graz – at the junction Guntramsdorf turn onto the A3 towards Eisenstadt/Neusiedler See – exit at Eisenstadt Süd, then right onto the B52 towards St. Margarethen – at the next roundabout take the second exit and follow the road – at the end of St. Margarethen village, take the second exit at the roundabout – turn left at the green sign for the Festival venue.
A2 towards Vienna – at the junction Wiener Neustadt turn onto the S4 towards Eisenstadt/Mattersburg – at the junction Mattersburg turn onto the S31 towards Eisenstadt/Sopron – exit at Eisenstadt Süd, then right onto the B52 towards St. Margarethen – at the next roundabout take the second exit and follow the road – at the end of St. Margarethen village, take the second exit at the roundabout – turn left at the green sign for the Festival venue.
At the junction Steinhäusl turn onto the A21 towards Wien Süd/Graz – at the junction Vösendorf turn onto the A2 towards Eisenstadt/Graz – at the junction Guntramsdorf turn onto the A3 towards Eisenstadt/Neusiedler See – exit at Eisenstadt Süd, then right onto the B52 towards St. Margarethen – at the next roundabout take the second exit and follow the road – at the end of St. Margarethen village, take the second exit at the roundabout – turn left at the green sign for the Festival venue.
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Service For Tour Operators

Providing a good service for organizers of group tours is as important to us as offering attractive discounts for the purchase of larger numbers of tickets. The following provides an overview of group discounts, booking terms and conditions, and services.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR GROUPS AND TICKET SALES


Group rates

Discount level I

8% discount when you purchase 20 tickets for a performance and a complimentary free ticket for the tour guide (not for sale, in the lowest-priced category booked).


Discount level II

15% discount on purchasing 40 tickets for a performance and a complimentary free ticket for the tour guide (not for sale, in the lowest-priced category booked). Tickets purchased with the early booking discount cannot be included in the group number. Group rates cannot be combined with other discounts or special offers. There are no discounts, reductions or options available for extra legroom seating.


* The tour guide is entitled to one additional free ticket when purchasing 20+ tickets. This is always for the lowest-priced category of booked seat and is marked “Reiseleiterfreikarte” (tour guide free ticket). Reselling or giving the “Reiseleiterfreikarte” to a third party is strictly prohibited.



BACKSTAGE TOURS FOR GROUPS

For years, our visitors have been thrilled by the unforgettable stage sets and the special effects at opera nights in the St. Margarethen Quarry. Come and peer over the set builders’ shoulders and get an idea of the technology they use and what goes on behind the scenes. Group bookings and group price for 20+ people (tour guide can join for free), max. 30 people. For more information click here.


AN INTRODUCTION TO RIGOLETTO - Cocktail

Get into the mood for opera with an introduction to the work and the history of how it was written. A brief presentation of information and anecdotes about Verdi and Rigoletto is provided by our „opera guides“, along with a cool drink. Group reservations and rates for groups of 20 or more (free for the group leader).For more information click here.

Booking Terms and condition

Organizers of group tours can find information about ordering tickets, options, payment, and ticket postage .

service for tour operators

You can download information about services, postage of promotional materials, as well as images here.

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frIENDS OF THE OPERA

Join the “Friends of the Opera” and enjoy some great benefits for the “Opera in the Quarry”. From priority bookings to a peek behind the scenes of the current production, as a Friend you are sure to get closer to the action!


FRIEND

Annual membership: € 50

Your benefits:

1. Priority booking and eligibility for the early booking bonus

2. Regular free information about the program and events

3. Invitations to artist talks

4. Members’ reductions on opera trips

5. Pre-performance event (excluding the premiere)


PATRON

Annual membership: € 300

Your benefits: all of the Friends’ benefits plus:

6. Invitation for two people to the presentation of the season

7. Exclusive opportunity to watch a rehearsal

8. Two complimentary tickets for a concert in the series classic.Esterhazy at Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt

9. DVD of the current opera production

10. A gift from our opera collection

Our Festival office would be pleased to answer any queries about membership (+43 [0] 2682 65 065).


Backstage TOurs & Cocktail

Backstage Tours

Come and peer over the set builders’ shoulders and get an idea of the technology they use and what goes on behind the scenes.


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an introduction to rigoletto- cocktail

Get into the mood for opera with an introduction to the work (in German) and of how it was written, along with a cool drink.


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OUR PARTNERs

We would like to thank the partners of the opera “Rigoletto” for their generous support.

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