Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto

Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto

Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s career-defining operas. It is an exploration of love in all its aspects – parental, filial, romantic and sensual with intoxicatingly beautiful music and a thriller libretto that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Verdi created the title role of Rigoletto as one of the great Jekyll and Hyde operatic characters: a man who manipulates and mocks in public, yet is tender and loving parent in private. Cast in this principal role is the incomparable baritone Mark Rucker - one of the leading Rigolettos in the world today!

“Rigoletto really belongs to the baritone – in this case, Mark Rucker, who sang heroically. Rucker moved fluidly from broad mockery of the Duke’s courtiers though the dark recitative “Pari siamo!” into the tender father-daughter duet.” - Opera News

will be sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. Maestro Lipton will lead an international cast along with the Opera Tampa Orchestra and Chorus.

Feb. 13 - 15, 2015 Carol Morsani Hall

Show Dates & Times

Friday at 8 p.m.
Sunday at 2 p.m.

Meet The Artists

Mark Rucker (Rigoletto) Baritone. Chicago, Illinois; now New Jersey.
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Don Carlo in La Forza del Destino (Metropolitan Opera), Tonio in I Pagliacci (Metropolitan Opera), Stankar in Stiffelio (Wiener Staatsoper), Rigoletto in Rigoletto (Teatro Comunale di Bologna).

Claire Coolen (Gilda) Soprano. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
PREVIOUS OPERA TAMPA PRODUCTIONS: Papagena in The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflőte)
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: The Governess in Turn of the Screw (Banff Opera Theatre), Dorinda in Orlando (Siena Music Festival), Hannah in My Friends Story (world premier in the International, Festival of Arts and Ideas), The Lady in Café Vienna (PORTOpera),
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS: Musetta in the motion picture film The Bohemians (Spring 2015 release)

David Guzman (Duke of Mantua) Tenor. New York City.
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Rafael in To Cross the Face of the Moon (Houston Grand Opera), Il Duka in Rigoletto (Opera Seabrook), Rodolfo in La Boheme (Dicapo Opera), Don Jose in Carmen (Long Island Opera), Alfredo in La Traviata (Bronx Opera), Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi (Salt Marsh Opera).

David Cushing (Sparafucile) Bass baritone. Milford, Mass.
PREVIOUS OPERA TAMPA PRODUCTIONS: Tom in Un Ballo in Maschera, Sprecher/Priest/Armored Man in Die Zauberflöte.
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte (Boston Lyric Opera), George Wilson in John Harbison’s The Great Gatsby (Tanglewood Festival), Title role in Le Nozze di Figaro (Syracuse Opera), Dr. Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore (Opera North).
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS: Masetto in Don Giovanni (Boston Lyric Opera, May 2015)

Lauren Segal (Maddalena) Mezzo-Soprano. Toronto, Canada (born in Johannesburg, South Africa)
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Carmen in Carmen (Saskatoon Opera), Muse/Nicklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Canadian Opera Company), Maddalena in Rigoletto (l’Opéra de Montréal), Suzuki in Madama Butterfly (Calgary Opera).
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS: Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (company TBA), Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha (company TBA), Emilia in Otello (company TBA).

Robert McFarland (Count Monterone) Dramatic Baritone. Vancouver, Washington
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Iago in Otello (Deutsch Oper, Berlin), Scarpia in Tosca (Nice, France) , Major Kavalioff in The Nose (Spoleto, Italy), The Dutchman in The Flying Dutchman (Cleveland Ohio).

Cody Austin (Borsa) Tenor. Spring, Texas
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Alfredo in La Traviata (Utah Opera), Belmonte in Abduction from the Seraglio (Opera Grand Rapids), Don Jose in La Tragedie de Carmen (Shreveport Opera), Alfredo in La Traviata (Lyric Opera Virginia), The Duke of Manta in Rigoletto (Opera Santa Barbara).

Chad Armstrong (Marullo) Baritone. Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada.
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Prigioniero in Il Prigioniero (Teatro Comunale di Bologna), Rigoletto in Rigoletto (Annapolis Opera), John Donne in Vita (The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre), Count in The Marriage of Figaro (Winter Opera St. Louis).

Robyn Rocklein (Giovanna) Mezzo-Soprano. Lincoln, Nebraska
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Carmen in Carmen (Florida Opera Theatre), Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible (Arizona Opera Theatre), Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier Trio (St. Petersburg Opera), Dido in Dido and Aeneas (South Florida Lyric Opera).
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS: Giovanna in Anna Bolena (South Florida Lyric Opera, May 2015), The Qol Quartet in Concert (St. Boniface Concert Series, March 2015), Gilbert and Sullivan Revue (Sarasota Historic Asolo Theatre Concert, May 2015).

Samus Haddad (Count Ceprano) Baritone New York, NY
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Bello in La Fanciulla del West (Nashville Opera), Sacristan in Tosca (Utah Festival Opera), Signor Deluso in Signor Deluso (Central City Opera), Zurga cover in Les Pêcheurs de Perles (Sarasota Opera).
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS: Concert with the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota

Johanna Fincher (Countess Ceprano) Soprano. Sarasota, Fla.
PREVIOUS OPERA TAMPA PRODUCTIONS: Un Ballo in Maschera, First Spirit in Die Zauberflote.
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: First Witch in Dido & Aeneas (South-Florida Lyric Opera), Minnie in West Side Story (St. Petersburg Opera), Angelina in Trial by Jury (South-Florida Lyric Opera).
FUTURE ENGAGEMENTS: Prayers from the Ark (The Qol Quartet, April 2015), Gloria Musicae (April 2015), Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota (May 2015).

Blake Hudson (Court Usher) Bass. Seneca, South Carolina
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Old Gypsy in Il Trovatore (Sarasota Opera), Chorus member in Fidelio (Santa Fe Opera), Alidoro in La Cenerentola (International Festival of the Americas, Brazil), Friar Lawrence in Roméo et Juliette (Florida State University).

Rachael Marino (Page) Soprano. Palm Harbor, Fla.
PREVIOUS OPERA TAMPA PRODUCTIONS: Mercédès (Cover) in Carmen, Second Lady (Cover) in Die Zauberflöte.
OTHER ENGAGEMENTS: Nedda (Cover) in I Pagliacci (St. Petersburg Opera), Donna Elvira (Cover) in Don Giovanni (Savannah Voice Festival),  Dinah in Trouble in Tahiti (Florida Opera Theatre), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (New Century Opera).

Run-time:2 Hours 37 Minutes including 2 intermissions

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