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Lyric Opera of Chicago On WRTI: Verdi's RIGOLETTO, June 29, 1 PM

This is a world where murder’s a sport and debauchery’s a way of life. At its rotten core reigns the Duke of Mantua, a serial seducer who’s out to conquer anyone in skirts—from servant girls to the wives and daughters of his noblemen friends. Aiding his boss in the game and cheering him on when he scores is Rigoletto, the despised court jester. Only one person brings him joy—his innocent daughter Gilda, whom he keeps behind locked doors and guards with his life.

But no one’s safe in this godless place—and massive emotional devastation is just around the corner. The Duke is hunting again—and this time he’s got Gilda in his sights! The Duke’s ode to women’s fickleness, “La donna è mobile,” is just one of Rigoletto’s world-famous tunes. Evan Rogister conducts. Saturday, June 29, 1 to 3:30 pm.

Giuseppe Verdi: RIGOLETTO

Lyric Opera of Chicago




Rigoletto: Zelko Lucic

Gilda: Albina Shagimuratova

Duke: Giuseppe Filianoti

Sparafucile: Andrea Silvestrelli

Maddelena: Nicole Piccolomini

Monterone: Todd Thomas