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2008 Sarasota Opera Production

March 1, 4, 9m, 12, 15m, 20, 26, 30, April 4, 11, 13


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Melodramma In Three Acts, Sung In Italian
Poetry By Francesco Maria Piave
Based On The Play Le Roi s’amuse By Victor Hugo


Victor DeRenzi

Stage Director

Stephanie Sundine

Scenic Designer

David P. Gordon

Costume Designer

Howard Tsvi Kaplan

Lighting Designer

Ken Yunker

Wigs And Make-Up Designer

Georgianna Eberhard

Chorus Master

Roger L. Bingaman

Assistant Conductors

Kristen Kemp, Michael Spassov


Diane Partington

Surtitle Supplier

Words For Music

Surtitle Translator

Stephanie Sundine


New Production Created By Sarasota Opera





The Duke Of Mantua

Rafael Dávila

Rigoletto, his Court Jester

Michael Corvino

Gilda, Rigoletto’s daughter

Erica Strauss

Sparafucile, a hired Assassin

Jeffrey Tucker

Maddalena, his sister

Blythe Gaissert*

Giovanna, Gilda’s attendant

Candra Marshall**

The Count Of Monterone

Jonathan Carle

Marullo, a cavalier

Evan Brummel*

Matteo Borsa, a courtier

Lawrence Jones*

The Count Of Ceprano

Jonathan Kimple*

The Countess, his wife

Amanda Joy Mcdonald**

A Court Usher

Joseph P. Ryan**

Page to the Duchess

Sara Petrocelli**


* Studio Artist
**Apprentice Artist

Sarasota Opera Orchestra
Chorus: Sarasota Opera Apprentice Artists






“Especially memorable in the production of Rigoletto were the magnetic tensions struck and fully maintained by baritone Michael Corvino and tenor Rafael Davila as the licentious Duke of Mantua, whose bold, forceful voice was just as adept at painting his lustfulness as in his false pleas of love.”

– Herman Trotter, American Record Guide


“The production was heaven…”

– Karyl Charna Lynn, Opera Now


(Photos: Richard Termine / Sarasota Opera)



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