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Sacramento Opera’s ‘Rigoletto’: Tears of a clown

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Sacramento Opera closes its 2011-12 season with Verdi’s “Rigoletto” at the Sacramento Community Center Theatre Feb. 24 and 26.

Smokey Robinson may not have been singing about the titular character of Giuseppe Verdi’s 19th-century opera "Rigoletto" in his and the Miracles’ "The Tears of a Clown," but the hunchbacked court jester rivals Pagliacci as one of least funniest fools in popular culture – ranking right up there with Ashton Kutcher.

Mean and prone to mockery, Rigoletto has earned few fans in the court of the Duke of Mantua. When the Duke becomes enamored of Rigoletto’s daughter, Gilda, the clown stops mocking and starts plotting to do away with Gilda’s sleazy suitor.

What follows is a series of twists and turns en route to a three-tissue finale.

For a complete synopsis, click here.

Sung in Italian (with English supertitles), the three-act classic closes the Sacramento Opera‘s 2011-12 season this weekend with a pair of performances (8 p.m. Feb. 24; 2 p.m. Feb. 26) at the Sacramento Community Center Theatre, 1301 L St., Sacramento.

Accompanied by conductor Timm Rolek, the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sacramento Opera Chorus, "Rigoletto" features David Small (Rigoletto), Katrina Thurman (Gilda), Scott Ramsay (Duke of Mantua), Buffy Baggott (Maddalena) and Andrew Gangestad (Sparafucile).

Tickets, priced at $27 to $117, are available by calling (916) 737-1000, or by going to the Sacramento Opera website.

 

Katrina Thurman (Gilda) and Scott Ramsay (the Duke of Mantua) in the Sacramento Opera production of “Rigoletto.”
Buffy Baggott (Maddalena) and Scott Ramsay (the Duke of Mantua) in the Sacramento Opera production of “Rigoletto.”
David Small (Rigoletto) and Katrina Thurman (Gilda) in the Sacramento Opera production of “Rigoletto.”

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