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By Giuseppe Verdi | Based on “Le roi s’amuse” by Victor Hugo | Sung in Italian with English surtitles
Verdi’s great tragic opera of a father’s love will be our way to celebrate the bicentennial of his birth. Rigoletto, a deformed court jester, lives only for the love of his beautiful daughter, Gilda. Although he carefully protects her from the world, she meets the amoral Duke of Mantua who seduces her and abandons her. Rigoletto’s desire for vengeance meets with horrible consequences, and at last he realizes that a powerful curse, brought on by himself, has ruined his life.
Bryan Hymel, fresh from his triumph in our Faust, will appear as the Duke of Mantua. Joining him will be the powerful baritone Stephen Powell in the title role and the luminous-voiced Norah Amsellem, soprano, as Gilda. In a special appearance former Baltimore Raven Ta’u Pupu’a will appear as the courtier Borsa. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Richard Buckley in a thrilling production directed by John Hoomes.