Voices of Verdi
Friday at 8:00PM
The program begins with Act III from Rigoletto, an acknowledged masterpiece that demonstrates Verdi's complete grasp of his musical materials. Court Jester Rigoletto had a secret: a daughter named Gilda. But, the roving eye of his employer, the licentious Duke of Mantua finds her, woos her in disguise as a poor student and has her kidnapped. Rigoletto puts a curse on The Duke, vows revenge and contracts the assassin Sparafucile to murder the Duke. It all goes wrong when Gilda turns up at the riverside bar where Sparafucile will lure the Duke with his own sister Maddalena as bait. Gilda overhears Maddalena begging her brother not to kill the handsome Duke, but to take in the first unwary stranger from the storm outside and kill them instead. She rushes into the dark bar, Sparafucile kills her, stuffs her into a sack and delivers the corpse to an unaware Rigoletto. When the jester finds his own daughter is the victim he cries out to Heaven that the curse has been fulfilled – but in the most terrible reversal of fate.
Closing the program is Act III from Aida, a timeless story of love and betrayal set against the backdrop of war. Aida and Radamès are in love. He's engaged to the princess of Egypt; Aida is the daughter of his enemy. Can they slip away in the night? Or will the Pharaoh's might come crashing down on them?
Written to commemorate the opening of the Suez Canal, Aida has since been performed countless times around the world, and has even inspired a Broadway musical. An epic score with a chilling conclusion, this concert performance of Act III features a cast of all-stars, including Denyce Graves, Michelle Bradley, Jasmine Habersham, Clay Hilley, Santiago Ballerini, Burak Bilgili, Stephen Powell, and Reginald Smith, Jr.
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