SFOpera - Rigoletto


Everybody plays the fool.


Rigoletto has seen it all. He’s the court jester, spinning other people’s suffering into entertainment. But behind his bitter façade, Rigoletto holds one thing sacred: the love for his daughter, Gilda. After a vengeful curse makes Gilda the target of the Duke’s dangerous obsession, will Rigoletto’s fatherly devotion be enough to save her?

Music by Giuseppe Verdi | Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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Running Time

Approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes with one intermission

Who Should See It

Great first opera. Fans of The
, Taken
and La Traviata.

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The Buzz

Quinn Kelsey’s “boorish, tortured performance, together with a voice rich and secure from bottom to high top, is incomparable."

The Guardian

“Fearlessly challenging orchestra and singers with brisk tempos and propulsive rhythms, Luisotti gave the proceedings a breathless urgency that was well suited to the drama.”

San Francisco Chronicle

Pene Pati  has “a lithe and radiant tone, deep theatrical instincts and plenty of charisma.”

San Francisco Chronicle


A court jester's love for his daughter becomes blinded by deadly revenge on the licentious Duke of Mantua. 

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Cast & Creative

Rigoletto Quinn Kelsey
Gilda Nino Machaidze*
The Duke of Mantua Pene Pati
Maddalena Zanda Švēde
Sparafucile Andrea Silvestrelli
Count Monterone Reginald Smith, Jr. *
Marullo Andrew G. Manea *
Borsa Amitai Pati *
Count Ceprano Anthony Reed
Countess Ceprano Amina Edris


May 31
June 6, 9, 14, 18, 22, and 27
July 1, 2017

Conductor Nicola Luisotti 1
Conductor Jordi Bernàcer 2
Director Rob Kearley*
Set Designer Michael Yeargan
Costume Designer Constance Hoffman
Lighting Designer Gary Marder
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Choreographer Lawrence Pech

 * San Francisco Opera Debut

1May 31; June 6, 9, 14, 18, 22, and 27

2July 1

Previous performances of Rigoletto can be found in our Archive.


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This production is made possible, in part, by: Bernard and Barbro Osher; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem, through the Conductors Fund; and Joan and David Traitel, through the Great Singers Fund.


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