Opera Omaha Opens ‘Rigoletto’
October 14th, 2014
Omaha, NE — A Count, a Clown, and a Curse are the key points in a classic opera staged right here in Omaha.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/rigoletto-web.mp3]
Next weekend Opera Omaha brings to life a classic Verdi stage work: â€œRigoletto.â€ This productionâ€™s conductor is Steven White, who says the plot centers on a court fool, his daughter, and a womanizing nobleman.
â€œRigoletto, who is a court jester to a rapacious Duke, unfortunately has his own daughter – whom he has taken great pains to protect all of her very young life – taken,â€ White said. â€œThe Duke takes the daughter. She thinks sheâ€™s in love with him, but in any case, this is a tragedy for Rigoletto. He tries to exact revenge upon the Duke. It misfires a bit – itâ€™s just unbelievably tragic.â€
â€œRigolettoâ€ is extremely popular with audiences. According to Maestro Smith, this is because both the story and the music are very strong and compelling.
â€œThereâ€™s something about middle Verdi that is incredibly exciting form a musical standpoint but also marvelous from a plot standpoint,â€ White said. â€œThe thing about â€˜Rigolettoâ€™ thatâ€™s amazing to me is that you have a story that is extremely bizarre in certain ways and macabre in certain ways, but yet you have this music – I donâ€™t think Verdi surpassed it, or anyone surpassed it for sheer beauty, in places.â€
White says the audience is going to have the opportunity to hear a performer who has never taken the stage in the United States – until now!
â€œMaking his debut in America is FabiÃ¡n Veloz,â€ he said. â€œEverything that he does is grounded in vocal technique, but at the same time has a dramatic impulse. I think Fabian is going to make a big splash and I think itâ€™s an incredible coup that Opera Omaha is getting this outstanding artist in his American debut.â€
If audiences perceive a strong on-stage chemistry, it may be because there is also some strong off-stage chemistry, too!
â€œMy good friends Dinyar Vania and Rachele Gilmore, who were just married recently, they are the Duke and Gilda,â€ White said.
Opera Omahaâ€™s production of Verdiâ€™s â€œRogolettoâ€ will be staged Friday, October 17 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 19 at 2 pm. Both performances are at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha, and for tickets and more information, you can call (402) 346-4398 or visit www.operaomaha.org.
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