Houston Grand Opera Presents Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto’ Starting April 17

April 3, 2009

Houston Grand Opera will continue its 54th season with Verdi’s haunting tale “Rigoletto,” which opens April 17.


“Rigoletto,” which was last performed at HGO in 2001, returns to the Wortham Theater Center with a new staging of Michael Yeargan’s classic production that was inspired by Italian painter Giorgio di Chirico.


HGO Studio alumnus Scott Hendricks, the Texas native who sang the role of Silvio in HGO’s production of “Pagliacci” last year, will make his role debut as the tormented jester Rigoletto.


Russian soprano and HGO Studio alumna Albina Shagimuratova, who portrayed the Queen of the Night in HGO’s “The Magic Flute” in 2008, will sing the role of Rigoletto’s overly-protected daughter Gilda.


Tenor Eric Cutler, Tamino in HGO’s “The Magic Flute” last year, returns to in his role debut as the lecherous Duke of Mantu, and bass Andrea Silvestrelli will perform his much-acclaimed Sparafucile, the assassin.


HGO Studio artist Maria Markina, Lola in HGO’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” in 2008, sings the role of the assassin’s daughter Maddalena, while bass-baritone Bradley Garvin sings Count Monterone, whose curse sets the whole opera in motion.


Houston Grand Opera Music Director Patrick Summers conducts all performances with feature the HGO Orchestra and Chorus.


“Rigoletto” will be sung in Italian with English supertitles.


All performances will be held in the Wortham Center’s Brown Theater, Texas Avenue at Smith Street, in downtown Houston.


Performance dates are:

–         Friday, April 17, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.

–         Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

–         Friday, April 24, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.

–         Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.

–         Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.


Individual tickets for Verdi’s “Rigoletto” are now on sale and start at $20.


General information and tickets are available at www.houstongrandopera.org or by calling 713-228-OPERA (6737) or 1-800-62-OPERA (800-626-7372) 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday–Friday, and from noon until curtain time on days of Saturday and Sunday performances.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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