Rigoletto's sarcastic comments and participation in the Duke's escapades have won him enemies, including Count Monterone
, who is furious that his daughter has been seduced by the Duke.
Giovanni Tempesta has long dreamed of becoming an opera singer in his home town of Milan, Italy; but despite his talents he lacks the money for proper training and his dreams seem futile until he meets and falls in love with the wealthy Isabella Monterone
, whose father, a powerful Judge, is less than thrilled about her infatuation with a poor musician with no future.
Rigoletto - Mark Walters The Duke of Mantua - Michael Fabiano Gilda - Nadine Sierra Count Monterone
- Joo Won Kang Sparafucile - Kevin Langan Maddalena - Dana Beth Miller Marullo - Ryan Milstead Borsa - Jason Ferrante Count Ceprano - Craig Colclough Countess Ceprano - Courtney McKeown A Page - Brittany Ann Renee Robinson
Indianapolis IN Tracy Wilson, CAM Monterone
Canyon Creek Austin TX Vicki Wilson, NALP, The Dolben Company Woburn MA CAM Amado Lopez, CAMT Vista Ten-ace SanYsidro CA Craig Lussier, CAMT Plantation Apartments Leominster MA Paul Morin jr.
The curse motif is associated with retribution and occurs at three strategic places in the dramatic structure: near the beginning, Rigoletto's malice against Monterone
, the father of a girl seduced by the Duke, provokes Monterone
to curse him; in the middle of the opera, after his own daughter Gilda has similarly been seduced by the Duke, Rigoletto assumes the role of vengeance, both for Monterone
and for himself; and at the end, when Gilda dies in the Duke's place, retribution acquires an ironic as well as tragic dimension.
Details rang chillingly true: Monterone
, sectioned and sedated, absolving the Duke from a wheelchair; the courtiers' serial-killer clown-masks looming through the darkness beyond Gilda's security-fenced backyard.
From the unsavoury opening orgy scene when Monterone
puts a curse on Rigoletto, the Duke's hunchback jester, for making fun of him, the whole grubby story gathers pace.
In Rigoletto, which is to be performed tomorrow evening and on Friday, the 49-year-old baritone sings the part of Count Monterone
Liverpool-born Stephen Richardson makes his debut with the company singing Count Monterone
The cast also includes bass-baritone Bryan Glenn Davis, who plays two roles: Count Monterone
, who curses both Rigoletto and the duke, and Sparafucile, the assassin.
L'Eau Vive on the Via Monterone
(0039 06 6880 1095) is staffed by religious sisters.
The production is littered with clever little touches, from Gilda writing her lover's name with a Hallowe'en sparkler, to Monterone
, sung by Alan Fair.