Southern Ontario Lyric Opera–Rigoletto

    September 16, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm America/Toronto Timezone
    The Burlington Performing Arts Centre
    440 Locust St, Burlington, ON L7S 1T7

    SOLO opens its season with Verdi’s impassioned Rigoletto, the heart-breaking story of an over-protective father whose only beloved daughter is tragically swept off her feet by a womanizing Duke.

    Rigoletto is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The Italian libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave based on the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo. Despite serious initial problems with the Austrian censors who had control over northern Italian theatres at the time, the opera had a triumphant premiere at La Fenice in Venice on 11 March 1851.

    It is widely considered to be the first of the operatic masterpieces of Verdi’s middle-to-late career. Its tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto, and Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter Gilda. The opera’s original title, La maledizione (The Curse), refers to a curse placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter the Duke has seduced with Rigoletto’s encouragement. The curse comes to fruition when Gilda falls in love with the Duke and sacrifices her life to save him from assassins hired by her father.

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    Duke of MantuaRomulo Delgado
    RigolettoJeffrey Carl
    GildaAllison Cecilia Arends
    MonteroneMichael Robert-Broder
    SparafucileMikhail Shemet
    MaddalenaAdriana Albu
    MarulloRyan Hofman
    BorsaCorey Arnold
    GiovannaJanet Brown-McIsaac
    Countess CepranoJanet Brown-McIsaac
    Count CepranoAustin Larusson
    A PageBeau Kowanetz

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