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Rigoletto

November 2018

ABOVE CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: GRANT YOUNGBLOOD (PICTURED HERE FROM DAYTON OPERA'S OTELLO), JENNIFER CHEREST, JOSHUA DENNIS, KATHLEEN FELTY, HAROLD WILSON

SCHUSTER CENTER DIRECTIONS

   8:00 pm Friday, November 9, 2018 
   3:00 pm Sunday, November 11, 2018 

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Special pricing available for seniors, military, educators, and students 

Pre-performance Talk Opera Preludes with Dr. Sam Dorf one hour before performances in the Mead Theatre
Pre-performance Opera Bites in the Wintergarden

Run time: Act I - 60 min; Act II - 35 min; Act III - 35 min

Music by GIUSEPPE VERDI
Libretto by FRANCESCO MARIA PIAVE 

GRANT YOUNGBLOOD baritone – Rigoletto WEBSITE
JENNIFER CHEREST soprano – Gilda WEBSITE
JOSHUA DENNIS* tenor – Duke of Mantua WEBSITE
KATHLEEN FELTY* mezzo-soprano – Maddalena WEBSITE
HAROLD WILSON bass – Sparafucile WEBSITE
COURTNEY ELVIRA mezzo-soprano – Giovanna
DANIEL STEIN* tenor – Borsa WEBSITE
MEGAN REHBERG soprano – Countess Ceprano
BRADLEY MATTINGLY baritone – Count Ceprano/Herald
ALEXANDER HARPER baritone – Marullo 
JENNIFER ROSE SHAFFER soprano – Page

 *Dayton Opera Debut

JEROME SHANNON conductor WEBSITE
KATHLEEN CLAWSON stage director WEBSITE
DAYTON OPERA THOMAS BANKSTON artistic director WEBSITE
DAYTON OPERA CHORUS MASTER JEFFREY POWELL WEBSITE
DAYTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES   

A ringing curse ignites this gripping tale of lost innocence and a father’s bitter revenge. Verdi was so electrified by Victor Hugo’s controversial story that he composed Rigoletto at white-hot speed. "The subject is grand, immense, and there is a character that is one of the greatest creations that the theatre can boast of, in any country and in all history," he wrote his librettist. “…it came to me like a flash of lightning, an inspiration, and I said to myself…Yes, by God, this one can’t go wrong,” he informed his publisher a few days later.

In this beloved work, you’ll meet one of Verdi’s most vivid characters: Rigoletto, a hunchbacked jester who earns his living by amusing the lascivious Duke of Mantua. When he mocks the anguish of a father whose daughter is a victim of the Duke, the grieving father curses Rigoletto, setting into motion this tragic tale of love, remorse, and revenge, and showcasing some of opera’s greatest hits.

It is no wonder that Rigoletto is consistently in the top ten most-produced operas in the world. At the final curtain of its heart-wrenching finale, you’ll certainly be glad you came!


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