Rigoletto By GIUSEPPE VERDI Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave First performed: March 11, 1851, Teatro la Fenice, Venice Last performed by Florida Grand Opera in 2012
A beloved staple in the operatic repertoire all over the world, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto is a timeless story of betrayal, dashed dreams and mistaken identity, worthy of the best cinematic thriller. Rigoletto follows the conquests of the rakish Duke, who survives revenge plots and schemes along the way. Gilda, whom he has betrayed and abandoned, saves him in the final scene of the opera by sacrificing her life, leaving her own father broken and alone. Containing some of the most recognizable arias, a sweeping story and intense emotions, Rigoletto is sure to delight everyone from opera aficionados and newcomers alike.
Rigoletto, Todd Thomas Gilda, Sharleen Joynt* The Duke of Mantua, Jose Simerilla Romero* Count Monterone, Darren Drone* Sparafucile, Matt Boehler* Maddalena, Stephanie Doche Marullo, Michael Pandolfo Matteo Borsa, Charles Calotta Count Ceprano, Erik Danielson Giovanna, Stephanie Doche Countess Ceprano, Amanda Olea A Page, Katherine Holobinko
Conductor, Pacien Mazzagatti Director, Kathleen Belcher Set Design, Lawrence Shafer Lighting Designer, Ron Vodicka Costume Designer, Howard Tsvi Kaplan * FGO Debut