Sacramento Opera closes 2011-12 season with two performances of “Rigoletto”
The Sacramento Opera closes out the 2011-12 season with the performance of “Rigoletto” on Friday, February 24 and Sunday, February 26. As one of Verdi’s greatest works, “Rigoletto” is one of the most widely adapted operas of all time.
Teaming up with the Sacramento Philharmonic, Rigoletto is filled with both remarkable and memorable melodies and tunes, the opera follows a story line that is riveting with all the workings of a concise, taut, and psychologically disturbing drama that concludes with a twist that is as shocking as it is horrifying.
The Sacramento Opera has compiled a stellar cast including Sacramento native Buffy Baggoott (Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera) as Maddalena, David Small (Lyric Opera of Kansas City, St. Louis Symphony) as Rigoletto, Katrina Thurman (Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera) as Gilda, Scott Ramsay (Opera Boston, Toledo Symphony) as The Duke of Mantua and Andrew Gangestad (Metropolitan Opera, Arizona Opera) as Sparafucile.
The LA Times describes Rigoletto as a story about a “corrupted clown who belittles the misfortune of others, keeps his beloved daughter Gilda under lock and key, and takes out a contract on his employer who has designs on Gilda.”
This opera is a great introduction to the art form for new audiences as well as beloved by seasoned patrons featuring a haunting yet heart-wrenching tale.
Sung in Italian with English supertitles, conducted by Timm Rolek with the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sacramento Opera Chorus, the opera opens on Friday, February 24 at 8 p.m. with a matinee showing at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 26 at the Sacramento Community Theater (1301 L St., Sacramento, CA 95814)
Tickets are available online, over the phone or in person. Visit http://www.sacopera.org/Tickets/singletickets.html for more information.
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