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May. 14 2018

05/26/18 – Rigoletto – 1pm

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NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION

RIGOLETTO

by Giuseppe Verdi
Sung in Italian
front page photo credit: ToddRosenberg

Rigoletto Opera Overview

There’s no character in opera more powerfully dramatic than the court jester Rigoletto, whose acid tongue and all-consuming desire for revenge lead to catastrophe for himself and his sweet, love-struck daughter Gilda. Of all the great Verdi works, none boasts more unforgettable tunes than this one. You’ll thrill to the licentious Duke of Mantua’s “La donna è mobile” and Gilda’s stunning “Caro nome,” not to mention the most celebrated quartet in all opera. Dominating the story, though, is Rigoletto himself, one of Verdi’s greatest characterizations—a complex and tragic figure, both pitiful and ferocious, with stupendous music to match.
“[It’s] not just the size of his voice or the finish of his technique, although both are impressive. It’s his heart. You hear the pain behind the anger…vulnerability is evident in every phrase.”
Opera News on Quinn Kelsey’s Rigoletto

 

Quinn Kelsey

Quinn Kelsey

Rigoletto

Rosa Feola*

Rosa Feola*

Gilda

Matthew Polenzani †

Matthew Polenzani †

Duke

Alexander Tsymbalyuk*

Alexander Tsymbalyuk*

Sparafucile

Zanda Švēde*

Zanda Švēde*

Maddalena

Marco Armiliato

Marco Armiliato

Conductor

E. Loren Meeker

E. Loren Meeker

Director

Michael Yeargan

Michael Yeargan

Set Designer

Constance Hoffman

Constance Hoffman

Costume Designer

Chris Maravich

Chris Maravich

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Michael Black

Chorus Master

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