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Rigoletto

Friday January 24, 2014 - Sunday February 9, 2014

Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center  



Overview

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Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto
Sung in Italian with projected English translation

January 24, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. | January 26, 2014 - 2:00 p.m. | January 29, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
February 1, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. | February  7, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. | February  9, 2014 - 2:00 p.m.  

Rigoletto, jester to the Duke of Mantua, is both reviled and respected for his razor-sharp, bitter wit. His only joy is his daughter, Gilda, whom he has hidden from his amoral employer's court. But Rigoletto cannot protect her from falling in love. When the Duke poses as a young student and adds Gilda to his long list of conquests, the jester swears revenge. Passion drives him to plot the Duke's murder but, naïve and blinded by love, Gilda spoils her father's scheme with heart- wrenching results.

"Costello was in brilliant voice, his bright tenor brimming with youthful vigor and passion." - Associated Press  

Cast
Rigoletto - Ryan McKinny
Duke of Mantua - Stephen Costello
Gilda - Uliana Alexyuk
Count Monterone - Robert Pomakov 
Sparafucile -  Dmitry Belosselskiy 
Maddalena - Carolyn Sproule
Marullo - Reginald Smith
Matteo Borsa - Scott Quinn
Count Ceprano - Thomas Richards
Giovanna - Victoria Livengood
Countess Ceprano/Page - Andrea Carroll
Usher - Peixin Chen

Creative Team
Conductor -  Patrick Summers - Margaret Alkek Williams Chair
Director - Harry Silverstein
Set Designer - Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer - Peter J. Hall 
Lighting Designer - Stephen Strawbridge 
Fight Director - Leraldo Anzaldua
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus 
Richard Bado, Chorus Master     

Grand Underwriter
Terrell Tone Owen
Memorial Endowed Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Abilene   

Co-production with The Dallas Opera

Photo by Felix Sanchez  

Cast/Creative Team

Cast

Ryan McKinny***
Rigoletto

Stephen Costello*
Duke of Mantua

Uliana Alexyuk*
Gilda

Dmitry Belosselskiy*
Sparafucile

Robert Pomakov
Monterone

Carolyn Sproule**
Maddalena

Victoria Livengood
Giovanna

Thomas Richards*
Count Ceprano

Reginald Smith Jr.**
Marullo

Scott Quinn***
Borsa

Andrea Carroll**
Countess Ceprano/Page

Peixin Chen**
Usher

Creative Team

Patrick Summers
Conductor

Harry Silverstein
Director

Michael Yeargan
Set Designer

Peter J. Hall
Costume Designer

Stephen Strawbridge
Lighting Designer

Leraldo Anzaldua
Fight Director

Richard Bado***
Chorus Master

Houston Grand Opera
Orchestra
Chorus


* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

Support HGO

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To give by phone or for more information, contact Rebecca Kier at 713-546-0252 or rkier@houstongrandopera.org.

To submit your gift by mail, please use this form.

Loyal donors are behind each performance at Houston Grand Opera.
We can’t do it without you; please consider making a gift today!

Donate Now  

BRILLIANT. MAJESTIC. VIBRANT.

Join us for a dazzling seven-opera season! With international stars, an American premiere, and impeccable performances, you'll see what makes HGO an important voice on the world's musical stage. And you can see it all for as little as $15 a ticket!


Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto
Sung in Italian with projected English translation

January 24, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. | January 26, 2014 - 2:00 p.m. | January 29, 2014 - 7:30 p.m.
February 1, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. | February  7, 2014 - 7:30 p.m. | February  9, 2014 - 2:00 p.m.  

Rigoletto, jester to the Duke of Mantua, is both reviled and respected for his razor-sharp, bitter wit. His only joy is his daughter, Gilda, whom he has hidden from his amoral employer's court. But Rigoletto cannot protect her from falling in love. When the Duke poses as a young student and adds Gilda to his long list of conquests, the jester swears revenge. Passion drives him to plot the Duke's murder but, naïve and blinded by love, Gilda spoils her father's scheme with heart- wrenching results.

"Costello was in brilliant voice, his bright tenor brimming with youthful vigor and passion." - Associated Press  

Cast
Rigoletto - Ryan McKinny
Duke of Mantua - Stephen Costello
Gilda - Uliana Alexyuk
Count Monterone - Robert Pomakov 
Sparafucile -  Dmitry Belosselskiy 
Maddalena - Carolyn Sproule
Marullo - Reginald Smith
Matteo Borsa - Scott Quinn
Count Ceprano - Thomas Richards
Giovanna - Victoria Livengood
Countess Ceprano/Page - Andrea Carroll
Usher - Peixin Chen

Creative Team
Conductor -  Patrick Summers - Margaret Alkek Williams Chair
Director - Harry Silverstein
Set Designer - Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer - Peter J. Hall 
Lighting Designer - Stephen Strawbridge 
Fight Director - Leraldo Anzaldua
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and Chorus 
Richard Bado, Chorus Master     

Grand Underwriter
Terrell Tone Owen
Memorial Endowed Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Abilene   

Co-production with The Dallas Opera

Photo by Felix Sanchez  

Cast

Ryan McKinny***
Rigoletto

Stephen Costello*
Duke of Mantua

Uliana Alexyuk*
Gilda

Dmitry Belosselskiy*
Sparafucile

Robert Pomakov
Monterone

Carolyn Sproule**
Maddalena

Victoria Livengood
Giovanna

Thomas Richards*
Count Ceprano

Reginald Smith Jr.**
Marullo

Scott Quinn***
Borsa

Andrea Carroll**
Countess Ceprano/Page

Peixin Chen**
Usher

Creative Team

Patrick Summers
Conductor

Harry Silverstein
Director

Michael Yeargan
Set Designer

Peter J. Hall
Costume Designer

Stephen Strawbridge
Lighting Designer

Leraldo Anzaldua
Fight Director

Richard Bado***
Chorus Master

Houston Grand Opera
Orchestra
Chorus


* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

Donate Now Button on Support HGO 

To give by phone or for more information, contact Rebecca Kier at 713-546-0252 or rkier@houstongrandopera.org.

To submit your gift by mail, please use this form.

Loyal donors are behind each performance at Houston Grand Opera.
We can’t do it without you; please consider making a gift today!

Donate Now  


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How Many Seats? Groups of ten or more receive discounts and special seating! Please call 713-546-0248 or e-mail groups@HoustonGrandOpera.org to learn more about Group Sales. 

All sales are final. If the performance includes an intermission, latecomers will be seated during that time based on the house staff and ushers’ discretion. The use of cameras or recording devices is strictly forbidden at HGO performances. Dates, casting and programs are subject to change without notice. 

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