Rigoletto

MUSIC BY GIUSEPPE VERDI

 

MAKE THEM LAUGH. MAKE THEM CRY. MAKE THEM PAY.

 

As the court jester, Rigoletto’s job is to entertain the Duke of Mantua, usually at the expense of powerful members of the court. When he is cursed for a taunt that cuts too deep, a terrible sequence of events is set in motion, threatening his only treasure in life: his daughter. Sir Mark Elder conducts George Gagnidze in the role of Rigoletto, Pene Pati as the Duke of Mantua, and Nina Minasyan as Gilda.

San Francisco Opera revival production

 

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Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

 

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RUNNING TIME

Approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, including one intermission

WHO SHOULD SEE IT

Fans of the comic figures with a dark side, like The Joker in Batman comics; the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico; and the classical music trio Sol3Mio.

FOUND IN SERIES

A, D, R/R+RBW, G, J, M, C, F, S/RBWI, L, O, W

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Sunday 09/13/20 2:00PM
Wednesday 09/16/20 7:30PM
Saturday 09/19/20 7:30PM
Tuesday 09/22/20 7:30PM
Saturday 09/26/20 7:30PM
Friday 10/02/20 7:30PM
Sunday 10/04/20 2:00PM

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THE BUZZ

Tenor Pene Pati “sings in a gleaming, sensuous stream of sound, with heroic accents in more athletic passages and a warm, tenderly inviting depth for moments of romantic intimacy.”
San Francisco Chronicle

"Sharply conceived and darkly atmospheric production.”
San Francisco Chronicle

Conductor Mark Elder is “acutely conscious of the complex relationship between tempo and pace, and immaculate in his judgment both of the span of each act and the ebb and flow of detail within it.”
The Guardian

SYNOPSIS

His words are as sharp as blades, but when it comes to dissuading his daughter from running off with an adulterous duke, the jester Rigoletto finds himself powerless.

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Cast and Creative

CAST
Rigoletto George Gagnidze
Gilda Nina Minasyan *
The Duke of Mantua Pene Pati
Maddalena Zanda Švēde
Sparafucile Alfred Walker
Count Monterone Reginald Smith Jr.

PERFORMANCES

September 13, 16, 19, 22, and 26; October 2 and 4, 2020

CREATIVE
Conductor Mark Elder
Production Mark Lamos
Stage Director Jose Maria Condemi
Set Designer Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer Constance Hoffman
Lighting Designer Justin A. Partier
Fight Director Dave Maier
Choreographer Lawrence Pech
Chorus Director Ian Robertson

*  San Francisco Opera debut

A San Francisco Opera revival production.

 

Previous performances of Rigoletto can be found in our Archive

MADE POSSIBLE BY

Opening Weekend Grand Sponsor, Diane B. Wilsey.

Additional support is provided by Edmund W. and Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Fund; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem; and Joan and David Traitel.

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