OCTOBER 19, 22 & 25, 2019
SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH PROJECTED ENGLISH TRANSLATION
who will have the last laugh?
As the infamous court jester, Rigoletto earns a living by making fun of people’s misery. So when his enemies seek revenge, they take the one thing Rigoletto values most: his daughter Gilda. What follows is a harrowing tale of greed, corruption, and violence that ultimately turns Rigoletto’s own fate into a cruel joke.
Baritone James Westman, acclaimed by critics and audiences as Germont in La Traviata, sings the title role in Verdi’s high-stakes revenge thriller.
Featuring the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Giuseppe Verdi’s top hits include La traviata, Aida, Nabucco, Il Trovatore, and numerous adaptations of works by Shakespeare including Otello, Macbeth and Falstaff.
Rigoletto was based on Victor Hugo’s 1832 play Le roi s’amuse, which was banned after a single performance. Hugo is best known for having written Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.
NAME THAT TUNE
Verdi knew that his aria ‘La donna e mobile’ was destined for success. Legend goes that he provided the music to singers mere days before the premiere and swore everyone to secrecy — ensuring that all of Venice wasn’t humming the tune before the curtain rose!
Tickets by phone: 780.429.1000.
The Dianne & Irving Kipnes Foundation, Creekwood Collections at Chappelle, Larry Eberlein, and The Rob Hood Fund