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Seattle Opera Podcast

Jan 2, 2019

Verdi’s unflinching tragedy about sexual politics is one of opera’s greatest masterpieces. Seattle Opera Dramaturg Jonathan Dean introduces Rigoletto, with musical examples drawn from Seattle Opera’s archival recordings of Rigoletto: from 2004 with Frank Lopardo (Duke of Mantua), Norah Amsellem (Gilda), and Kim Josephson (Rigoletto), conducted by Edoardo Mueller; and from 2014 with Francesco Demuro (Duke of Mantua), Jennifer Zetlan (Gilda), Hyung Yun and Marco Vratogna (Rigoletto), Andrea Silvestrelli (Sparafucile), and Sarah Larsen (Maddalena), conducted by Riccardo Frizza. Quartet excerpt from the quartet recorded at Meany Hall in 2013 at the Seattle Opera Young Artists’ Program Viva Verdi concert, with Theo Lebow as the Duke, Deborah Nansteel as Maddalena, Dana Pundt as Gilda, and Hunter Enoch as Rigoletto, conducted by Brian Garman.