Photo Journal: A New, But Traditional, Rigoletto in Chicago

Classic Arts News   Photo Journal: A New, But Traditional, Rigoletto in Chicago
The Lyric Opera of Chicago debuted its new production of Verdi's Rigoletto, with Frank Lopardo, Carlos êlvarez, and Dina Kuznetsova, on January 21.

The production replaces a radical Christopher Alden staging that drew protests from some audience members in 2000. The new staging, directed by Stefano Vizioli, was promoted by the company as "a traditional staging of this grand old favorite."

In addition to êlvarez as Rigoletto, êlvarez as the Duke of Mantua, and Kuznetsova as Gilda, the cast includes Beth Clayton as Maddalena, Andrea Silvestrelli as Sparafucile. and Quinn Kelsey as Monterone. Jes‹s L‹pez Cobos conducts.

Vizioli's team includes set designer Robert Innes Hopkins, costume designer Jane Greenwood, and lighting designer Christine Binder.

The staging returns tomorrow night and runs through February 17.

Photos by Dan Rest (Carlos êlvarez and Dina Kuznetsova) and Robert Kusel (Lopardo).

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