Azerbaijan's State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater will host Giuseppe Verdi's “Rigoletto” opera on June 15.
The lead singer of the Belgrade National Theater, laureate of international vocalist competitions Dragutin Matic was invited to perform in the opera.
He will share the stage with the leading soloist of the State Academic Bolshoi Theater of Uzbekistan, People’s Artist of Uzbekistan, laureate of international vocalist competitions Ramiz Usmanov.
The role of Gilda will be performed by Honored Artist of Azerbaijan Inara Babayeva.
The performance will bring together People’s Artists of Azerbaijan Ali Asgarov, Akram Poladov, Honored Artist Tural Aghasiyev, soloist Nina Makarova, etc.
The conductor is Honored Artist of Azerbaijan, chief conductor of the Opera and Ballet Theater Eyyub Guliyev.
The opera is widely considered to be the first of the operatic masterpieces of Verdi's middle-to-late career.
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