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Rigoletto and the Rockin' Cowboys - Under the Dome

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A foot tapping, thigh slapping & humorous Cut Opera take

Verdi's operatic masterpiece Rigoletto is given a classic country rock makeover in this premiere production by Emotionworks Cut Opera.

The tale of Rigoletto and the Rockin' Cowboys centres on the world of a super-rich tycoon. Fast cars, fast women, love, deceit, murder and revenge feature in this condensed 90-minute foot tapping, thigh slapping, dark and humorous Cut Opera take.

This is the story of a father's love. The damaged war veteran, Rigoletto, tries to save his innocent daughter, Gilda, from the powerful 'Duke' and his licentious, corrupt world. Rigoletto is the Duke's loyal right-hand man until the Duke takes the only thing that he holds dear. Rigoletto is haunted throughout by Monterone's curse of a father's revenge which drives the story to its tragic end.

Devised and directed by award-winning director Julie Edwardson, the talented cast includes Michael Lampard as Rigoletto, Jason Wasley as 'The Duke', Katy Turbitt as Gilda and featuring the Rockin' Cowboys and Cowgirls and accompanied by the Cut Opera House Combo.

The production will be staged 'Under the Dome' against the industrial backdrop of Lorbek Luxury Car Showroom. The spectacular display of classic and modern prestige cars will be transformed into a playground for cowboys. Expect a high energy opera fusion featuring songs by The Eagles, Elvis, Credence Clearwater, Dixie Chicks, Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, Linda Rondstadt and Fleetwood Mac to name a few.

Rigoletto and the Rockin' Cowboys is sure to be a fabulous theatrical experience! Tickets are now on sale: choose from the following performances:

  • Saturday 8th September, 5pm and 8.30pm

  • Sunday 9th September, 2pm and 5.30pm

    Tickets are priced as follows: $40 general, $60 Premium (ringside and complimentary glass of Mumm champagne), $30 concession and $20 to under 25's

    Secure your tickets today at

    A bar and gourmet food trucks serving Greek, Asian and Burgers will be available onsite.

    Emotionworks Cut Opera encourages youth to see opera and live music. Find out more at Rigoletto and the Rockin' Cowboys and ticketing options at

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    When: Saturday 8th Sept. 5pm and 8.30pm; Sunday 9th, 2pm and 5.30pm
    Where: Under the Dome at Lorbek Luxury Cars, 30 Prohasky St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207
    Cost: $40 general admission; $60 premium (ringside and complementary glass of Mumm champagne); $30 concession; $20 under 25's
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