Information on Seat Selection

Best Available Seat Booking
In best available seat booking, you choose a category of seats and select the number of tickets you would like. An automatic allocation of seats will take place within the selected category; you receive the best available seats.
Seating Chart Booking
In seating chart booking, you personally select your exact seats from agraphic seating chart. Begin the seating chart booking and choose an area. There you can select the seats by clicking on them.
General Seating
means that, with your ticket, you can freely select your seat according to the conditions on-site.

Information on Online Sales

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Ticket Pre-sales
Ticket pre-sales for performances at all venues generally begin on the same date two months before the day of the performance. If the first pre-sale date falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then pre-sales will begin on that Friday. If it falls on a holiday, then sales will begin the day before. Binding orders with a SEPA Direct Debit mandate will start to be processed two weeks before ticket pre-sales begin. Some events cannot be purchased through online sales. For such cases, please contact our telephone ticket service ((+49) (0) 711. 20 20 90, Mon – Fri 10 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 6 pm). Performances outside of the previously mentioned pre-sale periods can be ordered using the online ordering form. Please examine our general information on ticket pre-sales.
Seat Selection
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Ticket Prices
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Gift Vouchers
Gift certificates can be transferred to third parties and are valid up to three years after the issue date. The period begins on December 31 of the year the certificate has been purchased. An extension of this period is excluded. The disbursement of the certificate value is not possible. The monetary value will be offset against the price (higher differences must be paid). Existing remaining amounts are disbursed as another gift certificate. A later setting-off of a certificate to a purchase already made is not possible. Gift certificates cannot be used for the purchase of further certificates.
Delivery / Pick Up with Confirmation of Purchase
Tickets or gift vouchers can be sent out for a shipping fee of 1.50 €, if the time of the order allows for it. The Staatstheater Stuttgart cannot accept any responsibility for the shipment.
Confirmation of purchase will automatically be sent by email to the address you provided, as soon as purchase of your order has been initiated.
By presenting printed confirmation of purchase, tickets can be picked up at the theatre box office or at the appropriate performance box office; gift vouchers only at the theatre box office (Mon – Fri 10 am – 7 pm, Sat 10 am – 2 pm).
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You can purchase any of our print@home ticket(s) (with the start of season 14/15) at any time and print them out yourself. This booking service is available to you until 1 hour before a performance starts at no additional cost and is specified during the booking via choice of shipping option. After completing the purchasing transaction, the desired ticket will be displayed as a PDF file and can be printed immediately. You will receive a confirmation of purchase at the email address you have provided, with the ticket file as an attachement. The personalization of each ticket with a name and date of birth prevents improper duplication for the protection of the purchaser. Each ticket entitles the holder to one unique admission in conjunction with a valid ID. If there are any questions, please contact our telephone sales office ((+49) (0) 711. 20 20 90). Operating hours telephone sales office: Mon - Fri 10 am - 08 pm; Sat 10 am - 06 pm.

print@home ticket = transit ticket
Your print@home ticket is valid as a transit ticket for public transportation in the VVS system at no additional cost and will automatically beeig print with your print@home ticket. Please pay attention to the required personalisation during the booking transaction.
Late Seating
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Back on stage
October 19, 2018
Part 1: 1 hour 30 min
- Interval 30 min -
Part 2: 35 min
Performances, Cast, Tickets
October 2018
19.10.2018 19:30 - 22:15 | Cast | iCal | Tickets
9 / 18 / 27 / 41 / 54 / 67 / 83 / 100 / 116 € / G
25.10.2018 19:30 - 22:15 | Cast | iCal | Tickets
9 / 17,50 / 25,50 / 38 / 50 / 63 / 78 / 94 / 109 € / F
29.10.2018 19:00 - 21:45 | Cast | iCal | Tickets
9 / 17,50 / 25,50 / 38 / 50 / 63 / 78 / 94 / 109 € / F
November 2018
15.11.2018 19:30 - 22:15 | Cast | iCal | Tickets
9 / 17,50 / 25,50 / 38 / 50 / 63 / 78 / 94 / 109 € / F
17.11.2018 19:00 - 21:45 | Cast | iCal | Tickets
9 / 18 / 27 / 41 / 54 / 67 / 83 / 100 / 116 € / G
23.11.2018 19:00 - 21:45 | Cast | iCal | Tickets
9 / 18 / 27 / 41 / 54 / 67 / 83 / 100 / 116 € / G
28.11.2018 19:00 - 21:45 | Cast | iCal | Tickets
9 / 17,50 / 25,50 / 38 / 50 / 63 / 78 / 94 / 109 € / F
Cast Oct 2018 - Nov 2018
Conductor: Giuliano Carella, Directing and Dramaturgy: Jossi Wieler, Sergio Morabito, Stage Design: Bert Neumann, Costumes: Nina von Mechow, Lighting: Lothar Baumgarte, Chorus: Manuel Pujol

Herzog von Mantua: Pavel Valuzhin, Rigoletto: Dalibor Jenis, Dimitris Tiliakos, Gilda: Beate Ritter, Graf von Monterone: David Steffens, Jasper Leever, Gräfin von Ceprano: Carina Schmieger, Aoife Gibney, Marullo: Paweł Konik, Borsa: Kai Kluge, Sparafucile: Adam Palka, Maddalena: Stine Marie Fischer, Giovanna: Maria Theresa Ullrich, With: Staatsopernchor Stuttgart, Staatsorchester Stuttgart


Giuseppe Verdi
In Italian with German supertitles

Hunchback Rigoletto lives his life as court jester at the Duke's court at Mantua. Mortified by the humiliations he has to endure due to his physical affliction, he in turn humiliates the victims by his amoral but attractive young master. Rigoletto himself has got a beautiful young daughter whom he keeps locked away out of fear of the Duke’s sexual appetite. Gilda grows up without any knowledge of her father’s identity. During one of Rigoletto’s nightly visits, however, he inadvertently opens the door of the house where Gilda lives to a stranger.

Gilda’s yearning for love and for living, the Duke of Mantua’s erotic excesses, the court jester who demands his right to dignity and who fails in his megalomaniac way of taking justice in his own hands: Verdi’s opera which had its world premiere in 1851, is considered to have reached a kind of musical perfection that even Verdi himself was unable to surpass.

Pre-performance Introduction (in German)
45 minutes prior to the start of every performance, Opera House, Grand Tier Foyer (Foyer I. Rang)

Late Night Talk (in German)
Directors, dramaturgs, singers and conductors are ready to answer your questions:
  • October 22, 2016
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The court jester Rigoletto is constantly provoking the young Duke of Mantua to new heights of debauchery. Rigoletto secretly hopes the Duke’s excesses will provoke a revolutionary uprising, paving the way for a new social order. His inconsiderateness and the power of his wit make him hated by all the other courtiers, but because he enjoys the Duke’s favor, none dare speak against him.

Act I, Scene I
An orgy is taking place at the palace of the Duke of Mantua. The intoxicated duke tells his courtier Borsa about a local girl he has been wooing, without revealing his own identity, at church. Having just had an affair with the daughter of the nobleman Monterone, the duke now finds his erotic interest piqued by the Countess Ceprano as well. Rigoletto ridicules her husband, Count Ceprano.
Behind the jester’s back, the courtier Marullo spreads the news that the “monster” Rigoletto has a lover. The courtiers scent an opportunity to bring the mighty jester low.
Without warning, Monterone interrupts the festivities to accuse the duke of dishonoring his daughter. But Rigoletto humiliates him, upon which Monterone pronounces a curse on the duke and his jester.

Act I, Scene II
In a dark alley, Sparafucile, a hired killer, offers Rigoletto his services. The unexpected encounter heightens the unease that has taken hold of Rigoletto in the wake of Monterone’s curse.
Rigoletto has hidden his daughter Gilda in a secluded house. To him, she is the embodiment of all his hopes for a better future. He conceals from her his machinations as the duke’s accomplice, raising her instead according to the ideals of the coming society with the help of his political associate Giovanna.
The duke succeeds in slipping into the home of the girl he covets, who is Gilda. Passing himself off as a student, he gains her trust and wins her love. Gilda hears noises outside the house and, fearing her father’s return, bids her beloved a hasty farewell. But it is the courtiers attempting to enter the house, intending to carry off Rigoletto’s mistress.
Rigoletto suddenly appears. The courtiers claim they are there to kidnap Countess Ceprano from the palace opposite. Protected by an impenetrable mask, Rigoletto joins in with them. Too late he realizes that he has unwittingly abetted in the abduction of his own daughter.

Act II
Inside the palace, the duke is dismayed over Gilda’s disappearance. His courtiers inform him of the abduction of Rigoletto’s supposed lover. The duke is overjoyed to discover the one he yearns for in his own bedroom.
Rigoletto searches tirelessly for his vanished daughter. Feigning ignorance, the courtiers torment him cruelly. Rigoletto soon sees through the situation, but the courtiers prevent him from entering the bedroom, forcing him to hide his despair and go on playing the fool.
Gilda sees her father in his jester costume for the first time. She tells him that she loves the duke, and that he was not responsible for her kidnapping.
Monterone enters with his daughter. At the sight of them, Rigoletto swears to take terrible revenge on the duke and make Monterone’s curse come true.

Rigoletto has hired Sparafucile to murder the duke. Sparafucile’s sister Maddalena has lured the duke into her brother’s tavern. Rigoletto leads Gilda there and forces her to witness the duke’s open flirtation with Maddalena. He then commands her to leave the city at once. He gives Sparafucile a down payment and promises to pay him the rest of the money when he is in possession of the duke’s corpse.
When the drunken duke falls asleep, Maddalena tries to talk her brother out of killing their handsome guest. Sparafucile grudgingly accepts her suggestion that he kill the first stranger to knock on their door that night instead of the sleeping guest.
Gilda returns, filled with concern for her beloved and for her father, and overhears their conversation. To save the duke’s life, she knocks on the door and is murdered.
Sparafucile gives her body to Rigoletto in a sack and takes the rest of his pay. Rigoletto is triumphant. He is about to throw the sack into the nearby river when he hears the duke’s voice in the distance. Inside the sack he finds his dying daughter. With her last breath, she asks her father to forgive her lover.