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Tickets will go on sale Monday, November 26, 2018 at 10:00 AM

  • Rigoletto on Friday, February 15, 2019 @ 8:00 PM, Brown Theatre
  • Rigoletto on Sunday, February 17, 2019 @ 2:00 PM, Brown Theatre
  • Location: Brown Theatre, 315 W Broadway - GET DIRECTIONS
  • Date(s): Friday, February 15th - Sunday, February 17th
  • Ages:  All ages
  • Price: Tickets start at $20.00*
    *sales tax not included
  • Running Time: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes
  • (includes two 20 minute intermissions)
  • Access Services: Accessible Seating, Assistive Listening System, Audio Description (2/17 @ 2 PM) | 502-566-5111 (V) or 502-566-5140 (TTY)?
    • Wheelchair Accessible
    • Hearing
    • AD

Show Details

Kentucky Opera presents Rigoletto


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.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Director: Kathleen Belcher
Conductor: Roberto Kalb

Rigoletto: Anthony Clark Evans 
Gilda: Mane Galoyan
The Duke of Mantua:  John Irvin
Maddalena:  Elizabeth Batton
Sparafucile: David Leigh
Count Monterone:  Michael Preacely

-Lunch and Listen: February 6th @ 12:00 PM at Louisville Public Media. Listen live at WUOL 90.5 FM
-Opera Preview begins one hour before the performance in the Brown Theatre Rehearsal Hall
-Opera Unwrapped with the cast and creative following the Sunday performance
-Parking is available at the Brown Hotel Garage - access via 3rd St and valet parking in front of the Brown Theatre for $15
-Pre-Show Bites (hors d’oeuvres and cash bar) available before each show with a per person cost of $20 for Friday and $15 for Sunday, available by calling Rachel at the Kentucky Opera, 502-561-7933.