Center for the Arts Presents Virginia Opera’s Rigoletto

Posted: February 18, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Virginia Opera continues its 2003-04 season with the presentation of the intense drama and sublime music of Verdi’s Rigoletto this weekend in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The story of aristocratic arrogance, fatherly love, and a terrifying curse comes to the stage in a contemporary and sharp-edged production directed by Ken Cazan. Maestro Peter Mark conducts all performances.

The title role in Rigoletto is one of the greatest in all music-drama. Rigoletto’s anguished attempts to rise above his weakness to save his daughter make for a heart-rending and riveting story. Baritone Grant Youngblood returns to the Virginia Opera stage as the twisted, vengeful court jester. Soprano Jane Redding will perform the role of Rigoletto’s vulnerable daughter Gilda. Tenor Scott Piper makes his Virginia Opera debut as the womanizing Duke of Mantua, and baritone Eric Greene performs the role of Monterone, the nobleman whose curse starts off the opera’s tragic sequence of events.

The production is sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. Performances are Friday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. A pre-performance artistic discussion free to ticket holders is held 45 minutes prior to each performance on the hall’s Grand Tier. Tickets are $42-$78. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com.

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