On March 18 and 20, Guild Opera Company tells the tragic story of sacrifice, jealousy and revenge. Giuseppe Verdi’s groundbreaking three-act opera, Rigoletto, is a wonder of famous arias, duets and ensembles. It includes “La donna è mobile” “Caro nome” and the heartbreaking “Cortigiani” by Rigoletto.
It is one of Verdi’s most popular operas, based on Victor Hugo’s Le Roi s’amuse. Rigoletto is a court jester that the Duke of Mantua uses to insult and insult his courtesans. Rigoletto’s insults trigger a vendetta and a curse. In fact, Verdi thought of naming his opera “La maledizione”, or The Curse.
This curse comes true for Rigoletto whose young daughter is seduced by the duke. Rigoletto decides to take revenge on the Duke and hires the assassin Sparafucile to get rid of the Duke. Things go wrong and it is Rigoletto’s daughter, Gilda, who suffers the fatal blow. Our cast includes Carlos Oliva as Rigoletto, Felipe Prado as Duc, Caroline Nelms as Gilda, Dennis Rupp as Sparafucile, Terry Hughes-Oliva as Maddalena, and Gabriel Manro as Monterone.
Since 1949, Guild Opera Company has introduced children to the magical world of opera. Thanks to the generous support of individual music lovers, as well as funding from corporations, foundations and government sources, more than four million students have attended live professional performances of this important art form which encompasses music, theatre, dance and the visual arts. Guild Opera Co. is the second oldest opera company in California, after the San Francisco Opera.
The show will be directed by Gabriel R. Pazos, recipient of the 2007 El Angel Award from the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts. He has sung leading opera roles, as well as roles in zarzuela, oratorio and musicals with various companies including Anchorage Opera, Spanish Lyric Theater in Tampa, Florida, West Bay Opera, Spokane Opera, Santa Barbara Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, LA Music Center, The European Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, and The Angeles Chorale, among others. Gabriel, has been instrumental in many aspects of the Guild Opera Company’s operations and has worked directly with many cast members privately as part of the Guild Opera’s young artist development.
The show will only have two performances. Tickets must be purchased early! LA County protocols will be followed. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/guild-opera-company-inc-26371816479.