Episode 7.04 – Opera Prelude for Verdi’s Rigoletto
Revenge and tragedy strike onstage with Verdi’s Rigoletto. Dark and brooding, this opera classic brings dramatic storytelling front and center at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre.
Guided by the seasoned vision of Director Stephanie Havey (who has previously directed 10 productions of this very opera), this performance brings together remarkable talent and new vision for the popular tragedy. Scott Hendricks returns to the role of Rigoletto (having received praise from Opera News for his “rich baritone and energetic stage presence”), Jasmine Habersham reprises the role of Gilda (having made her company debut with Opera North as Gilda during the 2021-22 season), and Kevin Thompson will again take up the mantle of Sparafucile (having performed this role with the Shreveport Opera). Matthew White (praised by New York Classical Review for his “dark and powerful lyric sound”) will also return to play the flirtatious Duke of Mantua, and Hannah Ludwig (commended by The New York Times for her “large, yet focused tone and agility”) will once again portray the sultry Maddalena.