Rigoletto is the story of a court jester who enables the Dukeâ€™s philandering, mocking the husbands and fathers of his victims. When he finds his own daughter, whom he has kept a well hidden secret, to be the Dukeâ€™s newest victim, Rigoletto tries to repay evil with evil, resulting in horrible consequences.
Baritone Mark Walters, Rigoletto
Opening January 28, 2012, baritone Mark Walters returns to FGO in the title role of Rigoletto, following critical and audience acclaim with the company as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and as Escamillo in the 2010 production of Carmen. The young soprano Nadine Sierra, a South Florida native, makes her role and FGO debut as Gilda having played â€œa beguiling Tytaniaâ€ in A Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream with Boston Lyric Opera last season, according to the Boston Globe.
Tenor Michael Fabiano, the Duke of Mantua
Following a debut at the Metropolitan Opera last season in Verdiâ€™s Stiffelio, American tenor Michael Fabiano comes to FGO as the Duke of Mantua with a voice described by the New York Times as having â€œa warm sound, poignant colorings and pinging top notes.â€ He is joined by FGO regular, Kevin Langan, in the role of the assassin Sparafulcile, returning for his 11th performance with the company. FGO Associate Conductor Andrew Bisantz, whoâ€™s recent Tosca for Boston Lyric Opera was highly praised, will conduct the production, directed by former FGO Young Artist Jeff Buchman.
The opera is sung in Italian with English and Spanish subtitles. It is presented at the Arsht Center on Jan. 28 and 31 as well as Feb. 3, 5, and 8. It also performs at the Broward Center on Feb. 16 and 18. Tickets as low as $11. For more information, please visit www.FGO.org or call the FGO Box Office at 1- 800-741-1010.