Judging from the recent news influx of philandering men in power, we have to wonder if these guys have made Duke of Mantua their personal hero? This handsome heart-breaker racks up enemies by the velvet handful in his lustful dalliances. However, this is no simple morality play and the playboy Duke doesn’t quite get the comeuppance you might expect. After all, this is called opera seria, not “Justice Opera."
It’s the jester who loses his smile, here. While trying to raise and protect his daughter, he brings ruthless mockery upon the nobility. As his rage and jealousy lead him toward unsavory schemes, he ultimately pays an awful price.
Conductor James Conlon won praise for his Rigoletto at La Scala. It’s no small feat to bring a Verdi masterpiece before Italians at this world-renowned opera house. He shares this vision of the work with LA Opera and WQXR fans. Metropolitan Opera star George Gagnidze sings his signature Rigoletto on a stage crafted by director Mark Lamos.
Rigoletto - George Gagnidze
Duke of Mantua - Gianluca Terranova
Gilda - Sarah Coburn
Count Monterone - Daniel Sumegi
Sparafucile - Andrea Silversrelli
Maddalena - Kendall Gladen
CONDUCTOR: James Conlon
STAGE DIRECTOR: Mark Lamos
LA OPERA ORCHESTRA & CHORUS
CHORUS MASTER: Grant Gershon