Rigoletto, St Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa
Rigoletto combines a story of love, passion, betrayal, revenge and tragedy. The lecherous Duke of Mantua seduces wives and daughters while his hunchbacked Jester, Rigoletto, adds insult to injury by ridiculing their husbands and fathers. Finally, the joke goes too far and a furious father, Count Monterone, pronounces a curse on Rigoletto. The curse comes alive as the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s young, innocent daughter Gilda, then deepens when Rigoletto hires an assassin, Sparafucile, to kill the Duke. Will Gilda’s love for the Duke finally bring the curse down upon them all?