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Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
Creepy clowns were "It" this year in terms of pop culture, and there's none creepier, or more tragic, than Giuseppe Verdi's "Rigoletto". The revenge-filled jester at the center of Victor Hugo's drama encourages the lecherous duke he serves to seduce a young woman, resulting in a curse and disaster for Rigoletto's own beautiful daughter. This moving masterpiece boasts the famous tune "La donna è mobile," an instant hit that was sung throughout the streets and canals of Venice almost immediately after the opera's 1851 premiere. Sharing the title role in this sumptuously staged LA Opera production at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion are Italian baritones Leo Nucci and Ambrogio Maestri.