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Rigoletto

Tenor Michael Fabiano: On La Bohème, Now at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.19.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

During our recent conversation, we talked about the discipline involved for the tenor who has Rodolfo on his performance calendar. Rodolfo is a physically climactic role. A succession of performances requires much more than muscle memory.

A Conversation with Lucas Meachem -- San Francisco Opera's Barber of Seville

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.25.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Conducted by Giuseppe Finzi and directed by Emilio Sagi, the production is a fine blend of Commedia dell'Arte Lite and drawing room humor played outside.

Met Opera: "Rigoletto" Returns To Las Vegas With Hvorostovsky

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 11.12.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Michael Mayer's transformation of Verdi's tragic opera from the ducal palace in Mantua, circa 1600, to a Las Vegas casino, circa 1960, is no less spectacular (or eye-rolling, depending on one's tolerance for the unorthodox) than when it premiered in January.

First Nighter: Michael Mayer's Rigoletto, Barry Manilow's Manilow on Broadway Do Vegas, Prove the House Doesn't Always Win

David Finkle | Posted 04.01.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Manilow deserves thanks, especially after fighting off a case of bronchitis that forced him to cancel several performances and compounded his basic condition with, as he phrased it, "Jewish guilt" for all sorts of date changes. However, he may have resumed singing too soon.

MET OPERA: A 'Rigoletto' In Las Vegas

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 03.31.2013 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

If the fleshpots of Las Vegas remind you of the ducal palace in Mantua, or vice versa, then the Metropolitan Opera's new production of Rigoletto was m...

'Rigoletto' In Sin City?!

AP | RONALD BLUM | Posted 03.31.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — For all the bright lights and razzle-dazzle of the Las Vegas locale, the most illuminating stretches in Michael Mayer's showy new pro...

New Opera Goes To Sin City

AP | RONALD BLUM | Posted 03.25.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Diana Damrau recalled when she learned the Metropolitan Opera's new production of "Rigoletto" would be set in the glitzy Rat Pack-era...

When Virgins Decide

George Heymont | Posted 12.24.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

This fall the San Francisco Opera revived its 1997 production of Rigoletto. Featuring Michael Yeargan's handsome sets (inspired by Giorgio de Chirico) and Constance Hoffman's impressive period costumes, the opera has been double cast to gain maximum stage time.

The Met Season Analysis Part 3: What to Expect From January to February

Opera Teen | Posted 09.26.2012 | Arts
Opera Teen

Les Troyens, Barber of Seville, Turandot, and Maria Stuarda all continue their runs in January but look at what gets thrown into the rep!

Marco Vratogna Is Sensational as Rigoletto at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 11.25.2012 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Still in his thirties, a lion-hearted Leo, Vratogna is that rare breed of natural dramatic baritone who owns the vocal prowess and seductive appeal of the alpha male so predominant in the Verdi repertoire.

San Francisco Opera Opens 90th Season With Verdi's 'Rigoletto'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.11.2012 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Verdi's Rigoletto premiered in Venice in 1851 and had its first performance with San Francisco Opera in 1923. Its continuous box office appeal is due primarily to the glorious arias composed for its three principal characters.

'Rigoletto' At The Met Opera: Company Abandons Luc Bondy For Vegas Version

AP | By RONALD BLUM | Posted 02.23.2012 | Home

NEW YORK -- The Metropolitan Opera has abandoned a new production of Verdi's "Rigoletto" by director Luc Bondy, whose grim version of Puccini's "Tosca...

Two Operas You'll Never See Performed at the Met!

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether deploying a chorus line of Ku Klux Klansmen, mocking every symbol of Christianity, or filling the theatre with nonstop profanity, Jerry Springer:The Opera has something to offend everyone.

My Visit to Venice

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

La Fenice in Venice has been one of the most important opera houses for over two centuries. Verdi alone wrote "Attila," "Rigoletto," "La Traviata" and "Simon Boccanegra" for La Fenice!

If This is Monday and Opera in Central Park, Why the Microphones?

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David Finkle

My question, then, is: Whom are the presenters doing a favor by offering these recitals? Opera lovers will know they aren't hearing singing done under the proper conditions.