Venue Details

76 Star Starred
San Diego Civic Theatre
1100 3rd Avenue San Diego, CA 92101
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Website

http://www.sdopera.com/09season/Rigoletto.aspx

Description

by Giuseppe Verdi

The Story

The lecherous Duke of Mantua seduces wives and daughters while his hunchbacked Jester, Rigoletto, adds insult to injury by ridiculing their husbands and fathers.  Finally, the joke goes too far and a furious father pronounces a curse on Rigoletto.  The curse comes alive as the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s young, innocent daughter Gilda, then deepens when Rigoletto hires an assassin to kill the Duke. Will Gilda’s love for the Duke finally bring the curse down upon them all?

The Music

Fast paced, powerful, simply wonderful music, this is Verdi at his best.  You’ll recognize melody after melody from the tenor’s arrogant “La donna è mobile”, to the great Quartet, to the soprano’s wistful “Caro nome”. 

The Look

Our beautifully traditional vision takes this timeless classic back in time.  From the glitter and glamour of the Duke’s Court, to the sleazy inn where Rigoletto recruits his assassin – you’ll be transported to the world of the Italian Renaissance.

Cast Highlights

Towering Georgian baritone, Lado Ataneli – star of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2008 Macbeth_ and our 2005 _Simon Boccanegra – is the tragic jester, Rigoletto.  Joining him is Albanian tenor, Giuseppe Gipali, as the Duke of Mantua.  Stunning Slovak soprano, L’ubica Vargicová rounds out our fabulous cast as Gilda.