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The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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35 events
21 reviews
43 stars
Parking is too expensive for this venue. Better - Metro and shuttle. even if you have to leave earlier since the Metro is so unreliable these days.
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35 events
21 reviews
43 stars
The weather was getting cold! but the shuttle took care of that problem!. I wore dressy - not formal. Many people were dressed up festive etc. .
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4.9 average rating
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32 events
9 reviews
15 stars
attended Apr 03 2008

Outstanding opera! Loved the voices, the costumes, the staging-- SUPERB!

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43 events
9 reviews
8 stars
attended Apr 01 2008

The set design was awe inspiring! The performance and costume first class

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8 reviews
9 stars
attended Apr 08 2008

Wonderful orchestra and director. Some singers, the tenor in particular were great, some were mediocre.

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Quotes & Highlights

Hear an excerpt from the opera, and read more information about the cast and production, at the Washington National Opera website.


Join Washington National Opera for Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, featuring many of the most beloved (and hummable!) arias in opera! This quintessential masterpiece stars acclaimed baritones Carlos Álvarez and Gordon Hawkins in the title role (see below for dates).

As the libertine Duke of Mantua’s jaded jester, Rigoletto is known for sparing no one his biting and often vicious sarcasm. But when courtiers abduct Rigoletto’s beloved daughter, Gilda, for the Duke’s enjoyment, a curse and misdirected revenge bring tragedy and are Rigoletto’s undoing.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles.


Rigoletto: Carlos Álvarez (Mar 29, 31, Apr 3, 6m, 9, 12)

Gordon Hawkins (Apr 1, 8, 13m)

The Duke of Mantua: Joseph Calleja (Mar 29, 31, Apr 3, 6m, 9, 12)

Alexey Dolgov (Apr 1, 8, 13m)

Gilda: Lyubov Petrova (Mar 29, 31, Apr 3, 6m, 9, 12)

JiYoung Lee (Apr 1, 8, 13m)

Count Monterone: Robert Cantrell

Sparafucile: Andrea Silvestrelli

Maddalena: Malgorzata Walewska

Marullo: James Shaffran

Borsa : Yingxi Zhang

Giovanna: Magdalena Wór

Count: Ceprano Grigory Soloviov

Countess: Ceprano Claudia Huckle

Page : Elizabeth Andrews Roberts    

Conductor: Giovanni Reggioli

Director: Catherine Malfitano

Set Design: Robert Dahlstrom

Lighting Design: Mark McCullough

Note: Cast is correct as of publication, but subject to change without notice.