Treachery, seduction, and a raging father dead set on revenge. Rigoletto—he’s the jaded jester paid to make others laugh in the debauched court of Mantua. But when his innocent daughter is cruelly seduced by the salacious Duke, Rigoletto stops being funny and vows revenge. Seething with rage, he launches an elaborate plot to avenge his beloved child. But everything goes terribly, terribly wrong…Experience Verdi at his most dramatically potent, with melody after irresistible melody sung by our incredible cast.
One of the world’s great Rigolettos, George Gagnidze “is a force of destructive nature” (Los Angeles Times)—tenor René Barbera will thrill with the Duke’s iconic “La donna è mobile”— and Madison Leonard’s “silvery ethereal sound” (Opera Magazine) makes her the perfect Gilda.
Music Director Emmanuel Villaume conducts this Dallas Opera co-production with Houston Grand Opera and The Atlanta Opera.
Opening Night Post-Performance Party: All are invited to join us in the lobby following the opening night performance on October 8 for celebratory live entertainment, light hors d’oeuvres, and cash bars throughout the Winspear.
Can’t make it to the Winspear? The final performance of Rigoletto on Sunday, October 16, at 2:00pm will be livestreamed on thedallasopera.TV (registration required). Pay-what-you’re-able with a minimum ticket price of $9.99. Tune in for exciting behind-the-scenes content and breathtaking performances—wherever you may be!
Join us for these engaging and informative pre- and post-opera discussions:
Joy and Ronald Mankoff Pre-Opera Talk: Hosted by Hank Hammett, Director of Opera at Meadows School of the Arts (SMU), this interactive 30-minute lecture begins one hour before the start of each opera in the Margaret McDermott Performance Hall. Admission is free with your ticket to a Dallas Opera performance. Note: There is no Pre-Opera Talk on Opening Night, October 8, 2022.
Sunday Post-Opera Talkback: Immediately following the Sunday matinee performance from the stage, this brief and casual Q&A session with members of the cast gives you an opportunity to ask questions about the performance. Host to be announced.
TDO Connections™ is The Dallas Opera’s intentional process for human-centered, operatic storytelling.
Watch the Women in Leadership and Creativity panel discussion that was recorded live on September 24, 2022. Celebrating and empowering women is a continuous effort in many fields, and opera is no exception. The opening TDO Connections™ panel presents a dynamic discussion about the leadership, creativity, and representation of women in business, education, and the arts. Jin-Ya Huang, CEO and Founder of Break Bread Break Borders, Audra Scott, Soprano and Head of Vocal Studies at Booker T. High School for Performing and Visual Arts, and Stephanie Havey, Associate Director for Rigoletto, speak truth to the historical and current representation of women and ways to continue our commitment to celebrating and empowering women in all spaces. The discussion is co-hosted by Quodesia D. Johnson and Kristian Roberts, and is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Watch now!
Health & Safety Protocols:
Please allow extra time for the required magnetometer screening at the AT&T Performing Arts Center entrance. Weapons (including firearms and pocket knives) are not permitted. Face masks are strongly encouraged for all indoor performances, but not required. Please be respectful and courteous to others for their health and safety needs. Visit our Health and Safety page for more details.
The performance will be approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes including two intermissions.
Sung in Italian with English Titles Rated PG-13