2020 Festival Update

Out of commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our staff, artists and community, Central City Opera has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Festival until 2021 due to ongoing health concerns caused by COVID-19. We believe the decision is in the best interest of all involved and look forward to singing extraordinary stories again soon. We will be contacting all of our 2020 ticket holders directly with options including converting to donation, exchange for 2021 or a full refund. In addition, we have established the CCO COVID-19 Relief Fund to support our 2020 Festival company and Central City Opera during this challenging time.

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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


Aleksey Bogdanov

Kathryn Lewek

Zach Borichevsky

John Paul Huckle

Jose Maria Condemi

John Baril

Aleksey Bogdanov

Central City Opera: Debut

Recently: Jack Rance, La fanciulla del West, Royal Swedish Opera; Sharpless, Madama Butterfly, Tulsa Opera; Aleko, Aleko, Chicago Opera Theater

Rigoletto:Rigoletto (2020)

Voice type:Baritone

Kathryn Lewek

Central City Opera: Debut

Recently: Ophelia, Hamlet, Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; Lucia, Lucia di Lammermoor, Opéra de Nice; The Queen of the Night, The Magic Flute, The Metropolitan Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper and Washington National Opera

Gilda:Rigoletto (2020)

Voice type:Soprano

Zach Borichevsky

Central City Opera: Debut

Recently: The Duke of Mantua, Rigoletto, Nashville Opera; Rodolfo, La bohème, Toledo Opera; Cassio, Otello, Washington National Opera; Narraboth, Salome, Spoleto Festival USA

The Duke of Mantua:Rigoletto (2020)

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 (2020)

Sparafucile:Rigoletto (2020)

Voice type:Bass

Jose Maria Condemi

Central City Opera: Carmen, 2017

Recently: Ernani, San Francisco Opera; Joan of Arc, New Orleans Opera; Frida, Atlanta Opera; Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci, San Francisco Opera

Director:Rigoletto (2020)

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; The Turn of the Screw, UMKC-Opera, Kansas City

Conductor:Rigoletto (2020)


Giuseppe Verdi


Francesco Maria Piave

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