Rigoletto

Rigoletto tonight in Santa Fe.

It’s a hot summer day here and in Santa Fe where we are headed for a performance of Rigoletto. We do this about 3 times every summer. Drive to Santa Fe, meet our opera-going friends at their house and drive to the theater together. We have a tradition of a tailgate picnic in the parking lot. The last few years, we have indulged in the gourmet picnics offered through the opera, so we sit in the parking lot with a table cloth covered card table, sipping a chilled glass of wine and eating a wonderful picnic meal. There is a lecture about the opera at 7–always worth attending even if you know the opera, and then the performance begins at 8.

Rigoletto seems to have come out of the same nineteenth century tradition that produced melodramas in the American west. It is almost comically tragic. The tragic end occurs in the midst of a raging storm. One of the interesting things about the Santa Fe theater is that it is partly open. You can see through the stage to the mountains to the west. And, although it is currently very hot, there is a strong possibility that there will be a thunder storm around 10 pm, just when it would be needed in the plot.

Whether the natural storm materializes or not, there will be raging and storm clouds in the theater, and it will be a great entertainment.

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  1. It did rain during our evening, some during the tailgate picnic and some during the performance. It didn’t storm when the libretto called for it, but the lightening on stage was good enough.

    The singing was fantastic. The duets and quartet some of the best I’ve ever heard. The combination of Georgia Jarman’s Gilda–light soprano but with power in the upper range–and Quinn Kelsey’s Rigoletto was superb. Kelsey is a big hulk of a man who fit the part physically as well as musically. He has a big, powerful baritone that matched beautifully with Jarman’s soprano in their duets.

    Bruce Sledge has a beautiful tenor voice and did a great job as the Duke of Mantua, a part once sung by Caruso. Nicole Piccolomini sang Maddalena and filled out the final act quartet, which was beautifully sung.

    It was a wonderful evening.

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