by Giuseppe Verdi



Roberto Kalb, Conductor

Kathleen Belcher, Director


Friday, February 15 at 8 PM

Sunday, February 17 at 2 PM

Sung in Italian with projected English supertitles

Cynical. Reviled. And desperate for revenge.

Rigoletto – he is the jaded jester who laughs as he aids his debauched master the Duke in seducing the wives and daughters of the court’s noblemen.  These men hate Rigoletto with a passion, and only his daughter Gilda brings sunlight to his life.

But then comes tragedy on a catastrophic scale.  Rigoletto’s enemies want revenge.  The Duke sets his sights on Gilda.  Rigoletto’s desperate plan to avenge his defiled daughter goes tragically wrong.

Originally banned by the censors, Rigoletto is a work of genius.  Here is Verdi’s first incomparably great characterization, Shakespearean in its complexity and grandeur.  Experience the masterwork that rivets audience with its incendiary drama and outpouring of famous melodies, including the achingly poignant Rigoletto/Gilda duets and the Duke’s ode to the fickleness of women: La Donna é mobile.

The Cast


Anthony Clark Evans*

*Kentucky Opera debut

This Kentucky baritone is on the road to stardom with “a voice of great beauty (Opera Today) and “superb vocal-ism.”

St. Louis Post Dispatch


Mané Galoyan*

*Kentucky Opera debut

With her “pure and ardent voice” (San Antonio Express News) this rising Armenian soprano is ideally cast as Gilda.

The Duke of Mantua

John Irvin

Last seen in Kentucky Opera’s 2017-2018 production of The Barber of Seville.

Praised for his golden sound, “he is standout” (Opera News) who garners impressive acclaim with the country’s leading opera companies.


Elizabeth Batton

Kentucky native, and last seen in Kentucky Opera’s 2017-2018 production of Ariadne auf Naxos.

“…a vocal powerhouse of dark, burnished bronze, seamless throughout its range, a steady flow of gorgeous sound.”

Opera News


David Leigh*

*Kentucky Opera debut

“A formidable presence…”

Opera News