A painted-on smile can mask so much.


Saturday, October 6, 2012  -  8:00 PM
Tuesday, October 9, 2012  -  7:00 PM
Friday, October 12, 2012  -  8:00 PM
Sunday, October 14, 2012  -  2:00 PM

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The court jester Rigoletto loves his daughter Gilda nearly as much as he hates the Duke of Mantua. The Duke steals Gilda's honor, and the jester must continue to joke, even as he
plans revenge.
Like most comedians, Rigoletto sometimes takes a joke too far for the comfort of his audience. But, this being opera, Rigoletto is met not by boos, but by a curse, when one of his jokes gets a little too personal. And when he realizes that his daughter has captured the eye of the Duke, Rigoletto leads us on a whirlwind of rage, revenge, and ultimately a tragic death.


• All performances of Rigoletto are at the Benedum Center.
Audio Commentary is available at the TUESDAY, October 9 performance. 
UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: Sung in Italian with English texts projected above the stage.
• Estimated run time is 2 hours, 40 minutes, with 2 intermissions.
• Join us one hour before each performance for the Pre-Opera Talk. Free to all performance ticketholders, Pre-Opera Talks are full of insights on the opera, the composer, and more!

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Previews and Reviews

PREVIEW: "A Father's Curse" - Tribune-Review,  9/30/12
PREVIEW: "A Verdi baritone, Mark Delavan is ready for Rigoletto" - Post-Gazette, 10/3/12

REVIEW: "'Rigoletto' captures dark world in opening night" - Post-Gazette, 10/7/12
REVIEW: "Opera opens season with powerful 'Rigoletto'" - Tribune-Review, 10/8/12
REVIEW: "Rigoletto...Revenge...the Italian Renaissance Way" -  Roving Pittsburgher, 10/8/12

REVIEW: "'Rigoletto opens the door to an exciting opera season" - Opera Pulse, 10/9/12

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The Cast and Artistic Team
Music and Videos
NEW! View the STUDY GUIDE for Rigoletto, produced by our Education Department

 Cast and Artistic Team

(cast is listed in order of vocal appearance)

Mark Delavan
Mark Delavan
Lyubov Petrova
Lyubov Petrova
Michael Wade Lee
Michael W. Lee+
Duke of Mantua
Raymond Aceto
Raymond Aceto+
Samantha Korbey
Samantha Korbey*
Kyle Oliver
Kyle Oliver*
Juan Jose de Leon
Juan José de León*
Matteo Borsa
 Joseph Barron
Joseph Barron*

Conductor: Antony Walker
Stage Director:  Linda Brovsky
Set Designers: John Michael Deegan and Sarah J. Conly
Costume Designer:
Susan Memmot Allred
Lighting Designer: 
Andrew Ostrowski

Asst. Conductor: Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master: Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist: James Lesniak
Wig & Makeup Designer: James Geier
Assistant Director: Stephanie Havey*

+ Pittsburgh Opera debut
* Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist
** Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alumni

Sets and costumes from Utah Opera.

Rigoletto Video

Christopher Hahn interviews Mark Delavan about singing Rigoletto.
View the Rigoletto video postcard.
View the famous Act III Quartet from our production of Rigoletto.
View the Duke's jaunty aria "Questa o quella" from our production of Rigoletto.
View "Si, vendetta, tremenda vendetta" from our production of Rigoletto.

Music from Rigoletto

The Duke sings about his many conquests:"La donna e mobile" (Domingo)
Rigoletto vows revenge on the Duke: "Si, vendetta" (Cappuccilli)
Deutsche Gramophon recording featuring Pietro Cappuccilli as Rigoletto Like this recording? Order it from Deutsche Gramophon.

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