New-to-Chicago Production Rigoletto
By Giuseppe Verdi
- Language - Sung in Italian with projected English translations
- Running Time - 2 hours, 33 minutes with 1 intermission
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.
by Giuseppe Verdi
EMI recording — MacNeil, Grist, Gedda, di Stasio, cond. Molinari-Pradelli. Courtesy of Warner Classics.
“La donna è mobile”
“Bella figlia dell’amore”
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.
TIME AND PLACE: 16th-century Mantua
Go inside this production of Rigoletto with engaging articles, notes from the director, a complete plot synopsis, artist bios, and more.
Meet The Artists
Matthew Polenzani †
Mario Rojas* ‡
Takaoki Onishi ‡
Alan Higgs* ‡
Whitney Morrison* ‡
Lauren Decker ‡
Diana Newman ‡
Kenneth Nichols ‡
E. Loren Meeker
* Lyric Opera debut
† Ryan Opera Center alumni
‡ Current Member, Ryan Opera Center