The cast of RIGOLETTO. Photo Credit Cory Weaver.
By Marie Warner
The Lyric Opera’s production of Verdi’s RIGOLETTO is a beautiful rendering of the tragic tale.
RIGOLETTO is the story of the eponymous court jester, known for his cutting remarks and humor at the expense of others. Rigoletto works for the evil Duke of Mantua. After mocking the Duke’s courtiers, helping the Duke seduce a young lady, and being complicit in her death, the Duke and Rigoletto are both cursed by the girl’s father. In tragic fashion, the father’s curse is fulfilled.
Leo An plays the title role and his resonant baritone serves the part well. Nicole Haslett is wonderful as Rigoletto’s innocent daughter, Gilda. Her performance of “Caro Nome” was breathtaking and serves as the perfect contrast to the corrupt and despicable Duke and his courtiers.
Lawrence Shafer’s set and Jane Greenwood’s costumes create a dark, lush world. The sets are particularly stunning and director David Gately puts the multiple levels to good use.
RIGOLETTO deals with grave themes of violence, revenge, and grief. The Lyric Opera’s incredible production manages to hit the right emotional notes while also providing the spectacle that opera-goers seek.