[Opera Aficionado: Interactive Lecture Series] Rigoletto

Presented by San Francisco Opera

A photograph of Quinn Kelsey as Rigoletto and Nino Machaidze as Gilda in Verdi's "Rigoletto." The two kneel on stage, clinging together in a desperate embrace. Photo by Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Opera Aficionado is an exciting, new suite of programs designed for patrons who are passionate about opera. Aficionado provides an opportunity to learn more, dive deeper, and get an inside look at the world of opera. 

As part of Opera Aficionado, our Interactive Lectures Series gives opera-goers around the world a front-row seat to scholarly talks, allowing attendees to dialogue with fellow opera lovers, experts, and special guests. Each month will be focused on a concept or theme relevant to all of us. 

Rigoletto, perhaps Verdi’s first mature masterpiece, is among the most widely performed of all operas. Based on a scandalous play by Victor Hugo, Verdi has infused this elemental story of betrayal and revenge with some of his greatest music. But Rigoletto is more than a compelling story with a profusion of hit tunes: under its veneer of accessibility is a sophisticated and even revolutionary work. Frequent guest speaker Robert Hartwell joins us once more to explore this beloved and multi-layered masterpiece.

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