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San Francisco Opera: Rigoletto

Closed July 1, 2017

Quinn Kelsey's "boorish, tortured performance, together with a voice rich and secure from bottom to high top, is incomparable."

The Guardian

Why See San Francisco Opera: Rigoletto?

SFO Take on the accursed jester!

Verdi's powerful tragedy concerns an eternal conflict of depravity and innocence. As with many operas, the themes of revenge, mistaken identities, and divine intervention feature heavily in this; something that was quite hidden in Victor Hugo's original novel until Verdi put it to music. Starring Pene Pati as the womanizing Duke, Nino Machaidze as Gilda, and Quinn Kelsey Rigoletto role. Nicola Luisotti and Jordi Bernacer conduct.


Although not as strong a condemnation of class division and injustice as originally imagined by Victor Hugo, we see how a boastful and cruel henchman pays a heavy price for mocking a powerful man. We see a fabulously rich Duke, his prowess with women, and later seduce the daughter of Rigoletto, his henchman and former comedian, who in turn mocks the visiting Monterone, who accuses the Duke (correctly as it happens) of seducing HIS daughter as well.

Directing a curse at Rigoletto for his poor taste in fellowship, this worries the comedian, and he directs his household to protect his innocent daughter Gilda from the machinations of the Duke and company. However, this goes awry when Gilda is kidnapped in a case of mistaken identity by the Duke's own men, believing her to be Rigoletto's mistress instead.

Rigoletto discovers that the Duke has deflowered his daughter, and vows to avenge her honor, and Monterone by killing the Duke. However, he has not counted on his besotted daughter, who is determined to do anything for her beloved Duke - even die for him.

A drama that is more twisted than anything Shakespeare could have dreamt up, don't miss this incredible tale!

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Opening night: 31 May 2017


Sung in Italian with English titles

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes, including an intermission


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