Mark Stone as Rigoletto at Nevill Holt Credit Robert Workman 3

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“This summer’s Rigoletto was cast in depth, with a superlative, disturbingly eerie performance by Mark Stone in the title role … echoing the gloomy, hopeless pessimism of Stone’s Rigoletto, the power and pain in his voice bespeaking a strange sort of innocent naivety.” (Opera)

“So terrifying was Stone’s searing central performance you would have thought he was a crazed murderer himself. Obsessive, staring-eyed, unnerving and virtually foaming in his fatal desire for revenge, Stone painted a picture (‘He is crime and I am punishment’) of almost psychopathic proportions: That he is gulled into engineering his own (and Gilda’s) undoing is a deadly paradox.” (Opera Now)