Smaller roles are all filled nicely, with Isola Jones making a seductive, manipulative Maddalena, Ara Berberian a dark Sparafucile
, and Richard J.
Slovakian bass Stefan Kocan sings the assassin-for-hire Sparafucile
and Belarusian mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova makes her Met debut as his seductive sister, Maddalena.
Brooding on it before he is approached by the assassin Sparafucile
in act 1, it continues to haunt him throughout the work (Figs.
There's an assassin, Sparafucile
, whose shot proves far more accurate than his countryman's footballers and a gang of menacing clownmasked kidnappers.
And David Soar with that deep rich voice and extraordinary presence sends shivers down the spine as the hired assassin Sparafucile
David Soar just gets better and better and here, in his last season under contract with WNO, he sings the contract assassin Sparafucile
We are alike) convincingly compares himself to the assassin Sparafucile
, and yet as he limps across stage and arrives home - Ma in altr'unomo qui mi cangio
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.
The university educated Valentin misses the allusion to Sparafucile
, causing Molina to observe, "Obviously you don't know anything about opera.
The assassin Sparafucile
is a stuntman, Count Monterone is a disgraced industry executive, and various other characters have been recast as Armani-suited hangers-on and party-hearty glitterati.
, Hungarian bass Gabor Bretz proved an extraordinary discovery, a voice of quality and amplitude combined with a rare dramatic and physical presence.
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