Pierre Yovanovitch designs movable backdrops for a staging of the Italian opera Rigoletto

A staging of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Theater Basel in Switzerland visually fabricates  the dramatic Italian opera with a flexuous set design. Interiors and furniture designer Pierre Yovanovitch developed the subdued backdrops for the rich-plotted drama, in which power, vengeance, and innocence take center stage.

The opera is based on Le Roi s’amuse, a 1832 play by Victor Hugo. It recounts the story of a court jester Rigoletto, whose daughter, much to his demise, falls for the unscrupulous Duke of Mantua. From this, a tale of vengeance emerges, ultimately culminating in a tragic love story.

Yovanovitch has long admired operas and jumped at the opportunity to realize the

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