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Rigoletto 10/14–10/22

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DETROIT—Michigan Opera Theatre opens its 2017-18 season with the Jonathan Miller production of Rigoletto, set in New York’s Little Italy. The opera marks the beginning of the first full season under the artistic leadership of principal conductor Stephen Lord. MOT will present four performances of Verdi’s opera October 14–22 at the Detroit Opera House.

Ticket prices range from $30 to $170. Tickets may be purchased online at www.MichiganOpera.org, by calling (313) 237-7464 or in person at the Detroit Opera House (1526 Broadway, Detroit).

Considered one of Giuseppe Verdi’s operatic masterpieces, Rigoletto tells a story of love, vengeance and tragedy in a father’s attempt to protect his daughter. Miller’s production brings the traditional setting of a 1500s Italian dukedom to a 1950s New York crime family. Instead of a duke preying upon the daughter of his court jester, the updated version includes a mafia boss attempting to seduce the daughter of his bartender.

Lord, who will also conduct the opera, said the production is the most successful update of an opera he has seen. “It illuminates the story without distracting from Verdi’s intentions,” he said. “It is a true testament to the timelessness of the work.”

MOT CEO and President Wayne Brown said he is excited to offer patrons a fresh perspective on a well-known opera. “We take pride in presenting a balanced season featuring classic operas in tandem with works of our time,” he said. “With this updated production of Rigoletto, a Verdi favorite among opera audiences, we offer our patrons an opportunity to experience this masterpiece through a new lens.”

The cast includes Joshua Guerrero and John Bellemer sharing the role of Duke of Mantua, Roland Wood and Nicholas Pallesen as Rigoletto and So Young Park and Hae Ji Chang as Gilda. Elaine Tyler-Hall directs the production. The opera is sung in Italian with English supertitles projected above the stage. For complete casting and production information visit www.MichiganOpera.org.

An opera talk will be given one hour before each performance.


Show Times

  • Oct 14, 2017

    7:30 pm

  • Oct 18, 2017

    7:30 pm

  • Oct 21, 2017

    7:30 pm

  • Oct 22, 2017

    2:30 pm

Theater Info

Michigan Opera Theatre

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Box Office Phone: 313-237-7464

Theater Phone: 313-961-3500

Detroit Opera House
1526 Broadway

Detroit, MI 48226