Rigoletto – Houston Grand Opera

“Rigoletto” may have been an inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock with its twist ending. The evolving story of an elegant duke with his uncontrollable sexual appetite and the court jester with his beautiful sheltered and untouched daughter provides just the type of plot and ending that made Hitchcock famous one hundred and fifty years later.
What Hitchcock did with lights and cameras, the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi was able to present with music and theatrical effects without the benefit of modern technology.

“Rigoletto”, performed by Houston Grand Opera is opera at its finest. The intricate set and costumes, combined with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra’s presentation of his music would have made Verdi very pleased to play in Houston. Soprano, Elizabeth Zharoff, appearing as Gilda, Rigoletto’s daughter, and bass-baritone Ryan McKinny, Rigoletto, sang together with a blending of voices that was exquisite.

The standing ovation at the end was proof that the entire performance was extremely pleasurable and one that should not be missed.

Rigoletto plays Jan. 24-Feb. 9th, 2014 at the Wortham Theater. For more information, visit www.houstongrandopera.org/rigoletto

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