Verdi's 'Rigoletto' from San Francisco Opera

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

 Željko Lučić (Rigoletto) and Francesco Demuro (Duke of Mantua) in Verdi's 'Rigoletto' Željko Lučić (Rigoletto) and Francesco Demuro (Duke of Mantua) in Verdi's 'Rigoletto' (© Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera)

Join us Saturday at 1 pm for the San Francisco Opera's broadcast of Verdi's 'Rigoletto,' the vivid and compelling story of a vengeful court jester desperately attempting to shield his daughter from disaster.

The international cast of singers includes Serbian baritone and Verdi specialist Željko Lučić in the title role, and the company debuts of Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda and Italian tenor Francesco Demuro as the Duke of Mantua. Conductor Nicola Luisotti leads the San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Cast:

Rigoletto: Željko Lučić
Gilda: Aleksandra Kurzak
Duke of Mantua: Francesco Demuro
Maddalena: Kendall Gladen
Count Monterone: Robert Pomakov
Sparafucile: Andrea Silvestrelli
Borsa: Daniel Montenegro
Marullo: Joo Won Kang
A Page; Countess Ceprano: Laura Krumm
Giovanna: Renée Rapier
Count Ceprano: Ryan Kuster
An Usher: Jere Torkelsen
Conductor: Nicola Luisotti

San Francisco Opera Chorus, Ian Robertson, chorus master

Comments [3]

concetta Nardone from Nassau

Bravi tutti especially Lucic and Luisotti. Fine conductor. That is why I continued to listen.

Sep. 19 2015 03:40 PM
James from Sleepy Hollow, NY

I've learned so much about the beauties of opera listening to these Saturday broadcasts. Thank you, powers who make them happen!
I first heard Rigoletto through one of those wordless LPs by Andre Kostelanetz back in the '50s. Got me buying more, which led me to listening to opera itself. Attending the Santa Fe Opera company productions under the sunset and glowing stars,amped up my appreciation, but "Rigoletto" always seemed a rather dusty artifact to showcase opera stars.

This astonishing San Francisco Opera production puts passion and high intensity human drama I doubt was in even the original. Wow! I'm swept off my chair.
God bless all the artists--and commentators, too.

Sep. 19 2015 03:13 PM
JCNY from NYC

Upon hearing this Rigoletto broadcast, I am again convinced that Luisotti is one of the most exciting conductors today. And the performance is electrifying.

Sep. 19 2015 01:49 PM

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