NEW-TO-CHICAGO PRODUCTION

RIGOLETTO

by Giuseppe Verdi
OCTOBER 7 – NOVEMBER 3
Sung in Italian with projected English translations


 

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



 
PRODUCTION SPONSORS

JULIE AND ROGER
BASKES
HOWARD L. GOTTLIEB
AND BARBARA GREIS
CANDY AND GARY
RIDGWAY
ROBERTA L. AND
ROBERT J. WASHLOW
 
 

 
Production owned by San Francisco Opera.
 



Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, 33 minutes with 1 intermission

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Photo: Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Rigoletto Opera Resources


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Synopsis


The Duke of Mantua is a notorious womanizer and his court jester, the pitiful and vicious Rigoletto, has an acid tongue when recounting tales of men’s wives, daughters and sisters who have all succumbed to the Duke’s charms. When Rigoletto discovers that his own daughter has fallen prey to the Duke, the jester seeks revenge for the loss of her innocence, but his vengeance consumes him and proves to be his curse. Some lose their hearts and others their lives in this dramatic story of love, lust, and retribution.


 
Rigoletto opera tickets at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Audio Highlights

Giuseppe Verdi

EMI recording — MacNeil, Grist, Gedda, di Stasio, cond. Molinari-Pradelli. Courtesy of Warner Classics

“Gualtier Maldè!...Caro nome”


“La donna è mobile”



“Bella figlia dell’amore”



Rigoletto at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Opra Commentary


commentary by Colin Ure



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After a successful run at the San Francisco Opera earlier this summer, this new-to-Lyric production of Rigoletto heads straight to Chicago! Michael Smallwood, Lyric's technical director, opens up about what moving an opera's sets, costumes, and props from one city to another really entails.

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Music for Rigoletto provided by through generous arrangement with Warner Classics, Official Education and Promotion Music Provider for Lyric Opera of Chicago.

© 2017/18 Lyric Opera Commentaries Original sound recordings of musical excerpts used by permission of Warner Music Group. All rights reserved. Recording & Production services provided by Mark Travis.
Lyric Opera Commentaries are sponsored by the Patrick G. and Shirley Welsh Ryan Foundation in memory of their parents.


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