Melodrama by Giuseppe Verdi
Text by Francesco Maria Piave after Victor Hugo

Resumption 30.11.2023

  • Eine Szene aus Rigoletto
    © Matthias Baus
  • Eine Szene aus Rigoletto
    © Matthias Baus
  • Eine Szene aus Rigoletto
    © Matthias Baus

  • 2 hours 30 minutes with break
  • Age recommendation: 12+
  • In italiano
  • Mit deutschen Übertiteln / with English surtitles

Jealousy drama in a world of appearances

An evil macho society reigns at the court of Mantua. The duke passes his boredom with countless amorous adventures and the humiliation of his subordinates. Rigoletto, the court jester, plays his cynical jokes. But when his daughter Gilda is targeted by the Duke, Rigoletto's world collapses. After 'Don Carlos', director Vincent Huguet and conductor Michele Spotti devote themselves to another masterpiece by Giuseppe Verdi. French star designer Pierre Yovanovitch creates the stage set.

Together with the dramaturgy, Basel's Kulturhaus Bider & Tanner has curated the book table for our plays for many years. Now this selection of books, CDs, DVDs, catalogues or even sheet music can be accessed at any time in the online shop. It's worth browsing regularly.

Book table

For selected opera performances there are now two exclusive seats in the orchestra pit. Observe the interplay between conductor and musicians and experience the orchestral sound at close quarters.

Book online

Trained teachers will look after your children while you attend the performance. After registration when buying tickets or at least two days before at billettkasse@theater-basel.ch.

- Date: 19 March 2023

Shortly before the premiere, during the final rehearsals, we invite you to a first exclusive insight. In an introduction you will get to know the artistic team and learn more about the play, the material and the production. Afterwards you will visit a stage rehearsal.

  • Meeting point Foyer
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Usually in German
  • CHF 10.-
  • Date: 11 January 2023

The culinary theatre experience. Combine your visit to the theatre with a multi-course meal in the newly furnished Monteverdibar in the middle of the theatre. The menu starts 1 hour 30 minutes before the play begins.

Bookable from 1.1.2022 at the ticket office and in the ticket shop for the following performance of 'Rigoletto': 4.2.2022, 18:00.


Regula Mühlemann is a fantastic singer and she is still getting better. Her soprano sometimes shimmers like dark sand or sometimes like brightly shining sunshine, she masters all technical demands with bravura. (...) Rarely has one experienced a singing ensemble of such high quality. All the voices are outstanding and wonderfully in tune with each other.

SRF 2 Culture

Rigoletto' is a feast for lovers of radiant tenor voices (Herzog), graceful youthful soprano (Gilda) and robust baritone (Rigoletto). In the new Basel production of the two-and-a-half-hour opera, there is another reason to listen closely: the chorus. (...) . In all its functions, the Basel Theatre Choir shines with clarity of intonation, sharpness of diction and acting agility. Chapeau!


Whether breathless lapses in the strings, springy chords in the brass, intimate melodies in the woodwinds - the orchestra becomes the powerhouse and emotional amplifier of this drama. And achieves a pull that carries everything away.

bz Basel

Not only Regula Mühlemann's voice is brilliant, also the way she creates Gilda as a character, actually lives this role and sets it in varied contrasts to her father Rigoletto. (...) The protagonists are supported by a nuanced playing of the Basel Symphony Orchestra and an impulsive choir of the Theater Basel under the direction of Michele Spotti, which models every single scene in the finest way and makes it sound like a little treasure.

Basler Zeitung

Regula Mühlemann is able to achieve a precision landing with the intimate staging by Vincent Huguet and the congenial stage design by Pierre Yovanovitch. It certainly helps that the other soloists, above all Nikoloz Lagvilava as the impetuous anti-hero, are all on a par both vocally and as actors.

Virgin Newspaper