In 1997, we unveiled a brand new production of Verdi's Rigoletto,
designed by Michael Yeargan. Inspired by the surrealist paintings of Italian artist Giorgio de Chirico, the sets shine most because of their simplicity. The colors are bold, the lines are crisp and the lighting is daring. The costumes, designed by Constance Hoffman, are whimsical and classic, bringing these larger-than-life characters their own highly distinct personalities. While many of our 2012-13 Season productions feature brand new sets or bring a production to the Bay Area for the first time, Rigoletto
is a revival of this favorite production. These sets and costumes have been presented at the War Memorial Opera House in three previous seasons, and due to double casting, by no less than six distinct casts. Take a walk down memory lane with us as we remember some of our past Rigolettos, Dukes and Gildas.
September 1997: Paolo Gavanelli as Rigoletto.
September 1997: Ruth Ann Swenson as Gilda with Paolo Gavanelli
September 1997: Ruth Ann Swenson with Martin Thompson as The Duke of Mantua
November 1997: Christopher Robertson as Rigoletto
November 1997: Giusy Devinu as Gilda with Mary Philips as Giovanna and Christopher Robertson
September 2001: Stephan Pyatnychko as Rigoletto and Desiree Rancatore as Gilda
September 2001: Stephan Pyatnychko and Desiree Rancatore
October 2006: Paolo Gavanelli as Rigoletto
October 2006: Giuseppe Gipali as The Duke of Mantua and Mary Dunleavy as Gilda
September 2012: Zeljko Lucic as Rigoletto and Francesco Demuro as The Duke of Mantua
September 2012: Francesco Demuro and Aleksandra Kurzak as Gilda
September 2012: Marco Vratogna as Rigoletto
September 2012: Albina Shagimuratova as Gilda and Arturo Chacon-Cruz as The Duke of Mantua
Photos by Ron Scherl, Marty Sohl, Ken Friedman, Terrence McCarthy and Cory Weaver.