ONE of the Royal Opera`s most exquisite productions, Verdi`s `Rigoletto` is being streamed live to Dorchester`s Plaza Cinema on January 16.

Rigoletto`s author Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that his opera, based on Victor Hugo`s play Le Roi s`amuse was his `best opera.

The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi`s potent tragedy in David McVicar`s production for the Royal Opera. Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by ye father of one of the Duke`s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto`s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect. Rigoletto arranges to have the Duke assassinated, but Gilda still loves the womanising Duke and sacrifices herself in his place. Rigoletto eagerly uncovers the corpse only to find instead his fatally wounded daughter, who dies in his arms.

The production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua and richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi`s heady and spirited dances. There are many musical highlights in this great opera and especially the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.

Adam Cunard, Picturedrome Cinemas Managing Director said: "Rigoletto is a real master-piece and we are delighted to be screening the opera live. However, please do pre-book your tickets as demand is sure to be strong`.

*Rigoletto, Plaza, Dorchester, Tuesday, January 16, 7.15pm. Call the box office for tickets.