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A Father's Curse.
Considered one of Verdi’s breakthrough operas, Rigoletto stunned composers including Franz Liszt with its brilliance. But be warned: Behind the musical dazzle is a drama of political and sexual corruption so shocking that Victor Hugo’s Le roi s’amuse, the play on which it is based, was banned for 50 years after one performance. Making his Santa Fe Opera debut in the title role is baritone Quinn Kelsey, of whose London Rigoletto The Guardian said, “his boorish, tortured performance, together with a voice rich and secure from bottom to high top, is incomparable.” His daughter Gilda, the embodiment of innocence, is sung by soprano Georgia Jarman, a former apprentice who also makes her Company debut. Tenor Bruce Sledge, who received rave reviews as Paulo Erisso in Maometto II (2012) is playing the role of the lecherous Duke of Mantua. Director Lee Blakeley and designer Adrian Linford, who brought The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein to life in the 2013 season, create a new production of this Italian drama. The young Italian conductor Jader Bignamini makes his American debut.
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