Rigoletto

RIGOLETTO BEGINS WITH A JOKE AND ENDS WITH A CORPSE.

One fateful day, the course of Rigoletto’s life changes forever.

So there’s this philandering Duke in Mantua, a town in northern Italy. He likes to sleep around and he isn’t particular. The Duke’s aria, “Questa o Quella” literally means, “This one or that one.” And as if deflowering the ladies of Mantua wasn’t enough, the Duke employs a court jester to mock anyone who complains. The jester, Rigoletto, is a clown in public, but in private he is a doting father, dedicated to protecting his daughter from the mean streets of Mantua. However, when a father defending the honor of his daughter puts a curse on the court jester, comedy turns to tragedy.

Sung in Italian with projected English translations. 

Cast

Duke of Mantua
Barry Banks

Rigoletto
Stephen Powell

Gilda
Katrina Galka

Count Monterone
Reginald Smith, Jr.

Sparafucile
Scott Conner

Maddalena
Hannah Penn

Borsa
Thomas Cilluffo

Count Ceprano
Shi Li

Giovanna
Kate Farrar

Countess Ceprano
Helen Huang

Conductor
George Manahan

Director
Christopher Mattaliano

Plot & Program Notes

Our 2018 Rigoletto will be a traditional production of Verdi’s seminal opera, resplendent with elaborate scenery and lavish costumes. Powerhouse American baritone Stephen Powell takes on the title role in his return to Portland Opera.

Former resident artist Katrina Galka returns to the Portland stage in the role of Gilda. Prior to her return, she will have sung major roles at Atlanta Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, and Arizona Opera, including singing the lead role of Cunegonde in Arizona Opera’s Candide.