A scene from the Canadian Opera Company's production of Rigoletto from 2012.

Rigoletto

Giuseppe Verdi
To

A COC Production

When Rigoletto’s only joy, his daughter Gilda, is seduced by his amoral employer, anger and passion drive him to murder. But Gilda, blinded by a powerful and innocent love, places herself in the path of her father’s revenge, with heartrending consequences.


Details

Running Time (estimated): Two hours, 22 minutes including one intermission.
On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.
Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.


Cast and CREATIVE TEAMS
Rigoletto Roland Wood
Gilda Anna Christy 
The Duke of Mantua Stephen Costello/Joshua Guerrero*
Maddalena  Carolyn Sproule
Sparafucile Goderdzi Janelidze
Monterone  Robert Pomakov
Giovanna Megan Latham

Conductor Stephen Lord
Director Christopher Alden
Set & Costumer Designer Michael Levine
Lighting Designer Duane Schuler
Price Family Chorus Master* Sandra Horst

*Sandra Horst and the COC Chorus are generously underwritten by Tim & Frances Price

With the COC Orchestra and Chorus
*Feb. 11, 17, 23, 2018

Synopsis

OPERA IN A MINUTE 

Rigoletto is desperate to hide his daughter, Gilda, from his lecherous employer, the Duke. However she has secretly fallen in love with the man (who has disguised himself as a student). After Gilda has been violated in the Duke’s court, Rigoletto vows revenge, but his daughter overhears his plans and sacrifices herself to save her lover, leaving her father brokenhearted.

ACT I
The Duke arrives at a party in his palace and boasts to his guests of his conquests with women, telling them that he has just seen a beautiful young woman in a nearby church, but that her identity is unknown to him. Count Monterone then enters and publicly accuses the Duke of ruining his daughter. Monterone is arrested and is mocked by Rigoletto, the Duke’s jester, as he is led away. Monterone responds by laying a curse on Rigoletto. Later, following a brief meeting with the assassin Sparafucile who offers to rid Rigoletto of any enemies he might have, Rigoletto returns to his home where he lives with his beautiful daughter, Gilda. The Duke has since learned that the girl he saw at the church lives in this house and he enters the courtyard. He waits for Rigoletto to leave, and proceeds to woo the innocent Gilda, telling her that he is a poor student. Meanwhile some of the Duke’s courtiers enter, wishing to avenge the cruel taunts of the hated jester and plot to punish Rigoletto. They believe Gilda is Rigoletto’s mistress and trick him into helping them kidnap her. Only when they are taking her away does Rigoletto realize he’s been fooled. Rigoletto remembers Monterone’s curse.

ACT II
The courtiers return to the palace with Gilda. The Duke is relieved to learn she has not disappeared, and takes her to his private chambers. Rigoletto arrives and is refused entry to the chamber by the Duke’s courtiers. He reveals to all assembled that Gilda is his daughter and, soon after, she rushes out and into the arms of her father. Gilda tells Rigoletto how the Duke stole her heart by playing the role of a humble student, and although he has ruinously deceived her, she still loves him. Rigoletto swears vengeance on the Duke.

ACT III
Maddalena, Sparafucile’s sister, has lured the Duke to an inn. Rigoletto has hired Sparafucile to carry out the offer proposed earlier and pays him. He instructs Sparafucile to deliver the Duke’s corpse to him by midnight. Maddalena has become fond of the Duke and convinces Sparafucile to spare his life and take the life of the next person to enter the inn. Gilda, overhearing their conversation, decides to sacrifice herself out of love for the Duke; she enters and is stabbed. Rigoletto returns to claim his corpse, and upon hearing the Duke in the distance, opens the sack to discover the body of Gilda. As Gilda dies asking for forgiveness, Monterone’s curse is fulfilled.

Gallery
Roland Wood as Rigoletto in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Rigoletto, 2018. Photo: Michael Cooper
A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Rigoletto, 2018. Photo: Michael Cooper
Anna Christy as Gilda and Roland Wood as Rigoletto in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Rigoletto, 2018. Photo: Michael Cooper
Anna Christy as Gilda and Stephen Costello as the Duke of Mantua in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Rigoletto, 2018. Photo: Michael Cooper
Anna Christy as Gilda (centre) in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Rigoletto, 2018. Photo: Michael Cooper
(l-r) Bruno Roy as Marullo (in background), Carolyn Sproule as Maddalena, and Stephen Costello as the Duke of Mantua in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Rigoletto, 2018. Photo: Michael Cooper.
  • Running Time (estimated): Two hours, 22 minutes including one intermission.
    On stage at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.
    Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™.


    Cast and CREATIVE TEAMS
    Rigoletto Roland Wood
    Gilda Anna Christy 
    The Duke of Mantua Stephen Costello/Joshua Guerrero*
    Maddalena  Carolyn Sproule
    Sparafucile Goderdzi Janelidze
    Monterone  Robert Pomakov
    Giovanna Megan Latham

    Conductor Stephen Lord
    Director Christopher Alden
    Set & Costumer Designer Michael Levine
    Lighting Designer Duane Schuler
    Price Family Chorus Master* Sandra Horst

    *Sandra Horst and the COC Chorus are generously underwritten by Tim & Frances Price

    With the COC Orchestra and Chorus
    *Feb. 11, 17, 23, 2018

  • OPERA IN A MINUTE 

    Rigoletto is desperate to hide his daughter, Gilda, from his lecherous employer, the Duke. However she has secretly fallen in love with the man (who has disguised himself as a student). After Gilda has been violated in the Duke’s court, Rigoletto vows revenge, but his daughter overhears his plans and sacrifices herself to save her lover, leaving her father brokenhearted.

    ACT I
    The Duke arrives at a party in his palace and boasts to his guests of his conquests with women, telling them that he has just seen a beautiful young woman in a nearby church, but that her identity is unknown to him. Count Monterone then enters and publicly accuses the Duke of ruining his daughter. Monterone is arrested and is mocked by Rigoletto, the Duke’s jester, as he is led away. Monterone responds by laying a curse on Rigoletto. Later, following a brief meeting with the assassin Sparafucile who offers to rid Rigoletto of any enemies he might have, Rigoletto returns to his home where he lives with his beautiful daughter, Gilda. The Duke has since learned that the girl he saw at the church lives in this house and he enters the courtyard. He waits for Rigoletto to leave, and proceeds to woo the innocent Gilda, telling her that he is a poor student. Meanwhile some of the Duke’s courtiers enter, wishing to avenge the cruel taunts of the hated jester and plot to punish Rigoletto. They believe Gilda is Rigoletto’s mistress and trick him into helping them kidnap her. Only when they are taking her away does Rigoletto realize he’s been fooled. Rigoletto remembers Monterone’s curse.

    ACT II
    The courtiers return to the palace with Gilda. The Duke is relieved to learn she has not disappeared, and takes her to his private chambers. Rigoletto arrives and is refused entry to the chamber by the Duke’s courtiers. He reveals to all assembled that Gilda is his daughter and, soon after, she rushes out and into the arms of her father. Gilda tells Rigoletto how the Duke stole her heart by playing the role of a humble student, and although he has ruinously deceived her, she still loves him. Rigoletto swears vengeance on the Duke.

    ACT III
    Maddalena, Sparafucile’s sister, has lured the Duke to an inn. Rigoletto has hired Sparafucile to carry out the offer proposed earlier and pays him. He instructs Sparafucile to deliver the Duke’s corpse to him by midnight. Maddalena has become fond of the Duke and convinces Sparafucile to spare his life and take the life of the next person to enter the inn. Gilda, overhearing their conversation, decides to sacrifice herself out of love for the Duke; she enters and is stabbed. Rigoletto returns to claim his corpse, and upon hearing the Duke in the distance, opens the sack to discover the body of Gilda. As Gilda dies asking for forgiveness, Monterone’s curse is fulfilled.

  • Roland Wood as Rigoletto in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Rigoletto, 2018. Photo: Michael Cooper
    A scene from the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Rigoletto, 2018. Photo: Michael Cooper
    Anna Christy as Gilda and Roland Wood as Rigoletto in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Rigoletto, 2018. Photo: Michael Cooper
    Anna Christy as Gilda and Stephen Costello as the Duke of Mantua in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Rigoletto, 2018. Photo: Michael Cooper
    Anna Christy as Gilda (centre) in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Rigoletto, 2018. Photo: Michael Cooper
    (l-r) Bruno Roy as Marullo (in background), Carolyn Sproule as Maddalena, and Stephen Costello as the Duke of Mantua in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Rigoletto, 2018. Photo: Michael Cooper.

Production originally made possible in part by
TIM & FRANCES PRICE, JUDY & WILMOT MATTHEWS, AND GAIL & BOB FARQUHARSON

Roland Wood in Rigoletto (COC, 2018), Photo: Michael Cooper.

Rigoletto

Giuseppe Verdi
To

A COC Production

When Rigoletto’s only joy, his daughter Gilda, is seduced by his amoral employer, anger and passion drive him to murder. But Gilda, blinded by a powerful and innocent love, places herself in the path of her father’s revenge, with heartrending consequences.

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