Rigoletto Educator Materials

Rigoletto has seen it all. He’s the court jester, spinning other people’s suffering into entertainment. But behind his bitter façade, Rigoletto holds one thing sacred: the love for his daughter, Gilda. After a vengeful curse makes Gilda the target of the Duke’s dangerous obsession, will Rigoletto’s fatherly devotion be enough to save her?

Music by Giuseppe Verdi | Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave


A court jester's love for his daughter becomes blinded by deadly revenge on the licentious Duke of Mantua. 

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Cast & Creative

Rigoletto Quinn Kelsey
Gilda Nino Machaidze*
The Duke of Mantua Pene Pati
Maddalena Zanda Švēde
Sparafucile Andrea Silvestrelli
Count Monterone Reginald Smith *
Marullo Andrew G. Manea *
Matteo Borsa Amitai Pati *
Count Ceprano Anthony Reed
Countess Ceprano Amina Edris
Conductor Nicola Luisotti 1
Conductor Jordi Bernàcer 2
Director Rob Kearley*
Set Designer Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer Constance Hoffman
Lighting Designer Gary Marder
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Choreographer Lawrence Pech

 * San Francisco Opera Debut

Previous performances of Rigoletto can be found in our Archive.

Educator Materials created with assistance from Andi Wong, Carolyn Spitz, Liz Scotta, Judi Burle, Sandi Berger, Randy Heilbrunn, Richard Laufman and Emily Laurance.

Photo (top): San Francisco Opera production of Rigoletto/Cory Weaver