RIGOLETTO

Rigoletto

Who will have the last laugh?

Rigoletto is a joke gone too far, set to some of the best-known music in all of opera. A devilish Duke and his tortured court jester, Rigoletto, clash over the jester’s beautiful daughter in this topsy turvy suspense, teeming with twists of plot and twists of fate.

Performing Artists & Creative Team

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Aleksey Bogdanov

Alisa Jordheim

Galeano Salas

John Paul Huckle

Michelle Monroe

Jose Maria Condemi

John Baril

Steven C. Kemp

Brandon M Eldredge

Madeline Ehlinger

Phillip Lopez

Ryan Lustgarten

Erik Nordstrom

James Resch

Andrew Simpson

Sable Strout

Gregory Boyle

David Martin Jacques

Edina Hiser

Jason Allen 

Aleksey Bogdanov

Central City Opera: Debut

Recently: Scarpia, Tosca, Austin Opera; Crespel, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Gran Teatre del Liceu; Sharpless, Madama Butterfly, Tulsa Opera

Rigoletto:Rigoletto (2021)

Voice type:Baritone

Alisa Jordheim

Central City Opera: Flora, The Turn of the Screw, 2012; Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist 2012, Studio Artist 2010 & 2009

Recently: Gilda, Rigoletto, San Diego Opera; Ninetta, La gazza ladra, Teatro Nuovo; Cunegonde, Candide, Palm Beach Opera

Gilda:Rigoletto (2021)

Voice type:Soprano

Galeano Salas

Central City Opera: Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Apprentice Artist 2012; Stage Manager (cover), Our Town, CCO 2013, Will Parker (cover), Oklahoma!, 2012; Prune Vendor, Parpignol, Rodolfo (cover), La bohème, 2012

Recently: Italian Singer, Der Rosenkavalier, Bayerische Staatsoper; Nemorino, L’elisir d’amore, Bayerische Staatsoper; The Duke of Mantua, Rigoletto, Hungarian State Opera

The Duke of Mantua:Rigoletto (2021)

Voice type:Tenor

John Paul Huckle

Central City Opera: Past member of the Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program

Recently: Samuel, Un ballo in maschera, Opera di Genova; Quinault, Adriana Lecouvreur, Opera di Genova; König Marke, Tristan und Isolde, Claude Heater Foundation at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music

Jigger Craigin:Carousel (2021)

Sparafucile:Rigoletto (2021)

Voice type:Bass

Michelle Monroe

Hometown: Cedar Falls, IA

Recently:   La madre, Madama Butterfly, Cedar Rapids Opera; A Narrator, The Blessed Damozel, Central City Opera; Witch, Hansel and Gretel, University of Northern Iowa

Past Apprentice Artist 

2021:Apprentice Artist

Maddalena:Rigoletto (2021)

Woman:Dido and Aeneas (2021)

Voice type:Mezzo-Soprano

Jose Maria Condemi

Central City Opera: Carmen, 2017

Recently: Die Fledermaus, San Francisco Conservatory of Music; Joan of Arc, New Orleans Opera; Frida, Atlanta Opera

Upcoming: Tosca, Cincinnati Opera; Frida, Michigan Opera Theatre

Director:Rigoletto (2021)

John Baril

Central City Opera Music Director

Central City Opera: (Partial Listing) Billy Budd, 2019; Encore: A Musical Revue, 2019 and 2018; Il trovatore, 2018; Così fan tutte, 2017

Recently: Die Fledermaus, Northwestern University; Les pêcheurs de perles, Toledo Opera; Il barbiere di Siviglia and Roméo et Juliette, Virginia Opera

Conductor:Rigoletto (2021)

Steven C. Kemp

Recently: Set Designer, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Three Decembers, Opera San Jose; La Wally, Sarasota Opera

Set Designer:Rigoletto (2021)

Brandon M Eldredge

Central City Opera: Debut

Recently: Assistant Conductor and Chorus Master, Trouble in Tahiti, Aida, La cenerentola, Il Postino and Tosca, Virginia Opera; Conductor, Mozart and Salieri, Opera Saratoga

Conductor:Dido & Aeneas (2021)

Associate Conductor/Chorus Master:Carousel and Rigoletto (2021)

Madeline Ehlinger

Hometown: Spring Green, WI

Recently: Fiordiligi, Così fan tutte, Pittsburgh Opera; Florencia, Florencia en el Amazonas, Yale Opera; Tatyana, Eugene Onegin, Yale Opera

Past Studio Artist

2021:Apprentice Artist

A Page of the Duchess:Rigoletto (2021)

First Witch:Dido and Aeneas (2021)

Voice type:Soprano

Phillip Lopez

Hometown: Avon, IL

Recently: Masetto, Don Giovanni, Wichita Grand Opera; Nick Shadow (scene), The Rake’s Progress, Yale Opera; Don Alfonso (cover), Così fan tutte, Opera NexGen

2021:Studio Artist

Count Monterone:Rigoletto (2021)

Voice type:Bass-Baritone

Ryan Lustgarten

Hometown: Kirkland, WA

Recently: Henry Crawford, Mansfield Park, Boston University; Alfred, Die Fledermaus, Northwestern University; Pat, Dog Days, Northwestern University

2021:Apprentice Artist

Borsa:Rigoletto (2021)

Voice type:Tenor

Erik Nordstrom

Hometown: Saint Paul, MN

Recently: Count Almaviva, The Marriage of Figaro, Lawrence University; Celebrant, Mass, Lawrence University; Don Giovanni, Don Giovanni, Oberlin in Italy

Past Studio Artist

2021:Apprentice Artist

Marullo:Rigoletto (2021)

Voice type:Baritone

James Resch

Hometown: Katy, TX

Recently: Dino di Vino, Strega Nona, Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go!; Marquis de la Force, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Loyola University; Patsy McCall, Roscoe, Seagle Music Colony

Past Studio Artist

2021:Studio Artist

Captain/Heavenly Friend/Ensemble:Carousel (2021)

An Official:Rigoletto (2021)

Voice type:Bass-Baritone

Andrew Simpson

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Recently: Sam, Trouble in Tahiti, Florida Grand Opera; First Soldier, Salome, Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Angelotti, Tosca, Virginia Opera

Past Studio Artist

2021:Apprentice Artist

Count Ceprano:Rigoletto (2021)

Voice type:Bass-Baritone

Sable Strout

Hometown: Richmond, ME

Recently: Zerlina, Don Giovanni, Wichita Grand Opera; Josephine, The Story of an Hour, Gramercy Opera; Ado Annie, Oklahoma!, Opera on the James

2021:Apprentice Artist

Giovanna:Rigoletto (2021)

Sorceress:Dido and Aeneas (2021)

Voice type:Mezzo-Soprano

Gregory Boyle

Central City Opera: Assistant Director, Butterfly and Director, Short Works 2019

Recently: Director, The Drama of Tosca, Opera Philadelphia; Director, La Favorite, The Academy of Vocal Arts, Assistant Director, The Magic Flute, Dallas Opera

Assistant Director:Rigoletto (2021)

David Martin Jacques

Central City Opera: Resident Lighting Designer, 2021-2007 and 2005-1999

Recently: Lighting Designer, My Fair Lady, Teatro Massimo Palermo and Teatro di San Carlo; The Flying Dutchman, Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Moby Dick, Chicago Opera Theater

Resident Lighting Designer:2021

Set Designer:Carousel (2021)

Edina Hiser

Central City Opera: Debut

Recently: Associate Costume Designer, FOUND: A New Musical, IAMA Theatre Company; Costume Designer, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, USC Thornton; Costume Designer, 3 Paderewskis, Kosciuszko Foundation

Costume Designer:Carousel & Rigoletto (2021)

Jason Allen 

Central City Opera: Wig and Makeup Co-Designer/Supervisor, 2011

Recently: Wig and Makeup Designer, Waitress and Straight White Men, Broadway; Primetime Emmy-nominated Makeup Artist

Resident Wig/Makeup Designer and Supervisor:Carousel & Rigoletto (2021)

Performance Location

The Hudson Gardens & Event Center
6115 South Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80120

2021 Festival

Composer

Giuseppe Verdi

Libretto

Francesco Maria Piave

Sung In

Italian

Supertitles

English

Run Time

110 minutes (approx.)
Performed without an intermission (due to COVID)