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Insights from a leading lady: Emma Matthews on Rigoletto

Well, Opening Night was wonderful… The nerves stayed under control, and I loved singing the ‘Caro nome’, everything just fitted.

My husband spoilt me with 3 dozen red roses, and came to the show with my friends Amanda and Karen, it was lovely having them there at the party afterwards.

Roses from Stephen and my boys.

Roses from Stephen and my boys.


Flowers from my agent, Arts Management.

Giorgio had a wonderful night. And his applause was warm and full of love. A huge triumph. Gianluca was fabulous. I love his energy in the role of the Duke. He just makes it so easy. This is a great family cast. We all get along so well. 

I love having visits from Giorgio at interval! Such a good friend.

I love having visits from Giorgio at interval! Such a good friend.

What a great night it was for all.

The second show was just as wonderful, my Mum and sister in law came, it’s always extra special singing for family.

Backstage with my Mum

Backstage with my Mum

Do come and see us.. It’s a great show, beautifully sung and portrayed by all. The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra have never sounded so good, the Gents Chorus are wonderful. All are amazing.
Em x

Emma Matthews shared her thoughts from the Rigoletto rehearsals and first few performances for The Opera Blog.


2 Responses to “Insights from a leading lady: Emma Matthews on Rigoletto”

  1. Susan Klee

    Enjoyed your report dear Emma and it sound a wonderful opera night as we can well immagine that it was!! It would be wonderful to see some more photos, also from the party after the show!! Is it possible? We are great admirers of the wonderful Duca, Gianluca and would be most grateful to see some more photos of that wonderful Event!!
    I have another question, if you don`t mind: We would be so very happy if we could buy a DVD of this magnificent, unique Rigoletto in Sydney, will it be possible?? Do hope so!! Thank you so very much for your answers in advance and wishing you all every very best, great success further and IN BOCCA AL LUPOOOOO! With love Susan and Helmut Klee from Cologne/Germany

  2. Mrs lee brown

    Dear Emma,saw the wonderful Rigaletto last night and of course you and the whole cast were just amazing,you all had many curtain calls so everyone just loved it…..a superbe production ,thank you,congratulations,kindest regards,Lee Brown


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