The Duke and the Juke Box

Audiences in Merseyside will have the chance to experience one of the great operas in a modern setting. 

Opera Viva are updating Verdi’s dramatic “Rigoletto” from  Renaissance  Italy to  New York’s Little Italy in the mid twentieth century; and transforming the characters  into members of a Mafia Mob, led by”The Duke”,  who runs a Casino

Singing the role of “The Duke” is popular Liverpool Tenor, Nick Hardy, shown here in rehearsal with a “juke box”

The director of the production, David Palmer, who also sings the title role of Rigoletto, the cynical joker with a tragic secret, explains how Opera Viva makes traditional opera available to people who are new to the experience experience.

“By singing in English and taking opera to the communities, our award winning singers can present the   powerful  story in an intimate setting”.

“Rigoletto” will be performed at

Holy Trinity Southport on March 31

Neston Civic Centre on April 1.

Allerton Church Centre on April 7 

St Mary’s College, Crosby on April 8,

Performances begin at 7 30 pm

Tickets cost £15

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