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by Giuseppe Verdi

In Italian with SURTITLES ™ projected above the stage

Approximate Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes, including 2 intermissions.

Rigoletto is a court entertainer with a vicious tongue and a soft spot: he is hiding his vulnerable young daughter, Gilda, from the harsh world he inhabits. But his worst fear becomes reality: she is discovered by his boss, the predatory Duke of Mantua. When the Duke seduces Gilda, Rigoletto hires a hitman to kill him. It doesn’t work: Gilda has fallen in love, and she would rather die than see the Duke hurt.

Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s greatest achievements, powered with irresistible melodies, heartbreaking drama, and vivid characters: the cruel clown with a hidden heart, the morally bankrupt duke, the innocent Gilda, the sinister assassin and his voluptuous sister.

Featuring the return of sensational soprano Simone Osborne (The Magic Flute, Roméo et Juliette) and baritone Gordon Hawkins (Tosca).

Conducted by Jonathan Darlington | Directed by Nancy Hermiston 

The reviews are in!

"[Simone] Osborne’s luminescent soprano mixed perfectly with Gordon Hawkins's oaky, heartfelt baritone. Under Nancy Hermiston's direction, the two build an unusually intimate, believable father-daughter bond in this Rigoletto." - Georgia Straight Read the full review

"...extremely impressive." - Vancouver Sun Read the full review

Cast and Creative Team

Conducted by Jonathan Darlington

Jonathan Darlington
Conductor

Lapworth, England

Last VO Appearance:
Sweeney Todd, 2015

Recent Appearances:
Die Fledermaus, 2015
Madame Butterfly
with Vienna State Opera
Der Zwerg, Eine Florentinische Tragögdie and La traviata with
Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Le nozze di Figaro with Norwegian National Opera, Oslo
The Magic Flute with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz

Upcoming Engagements:
Swan Lake with Swedish Royal Opera
The Makropoulos Case with Frankfurt Opera
Così fan tutte with Opera Australia

Mr. Darlington, BA (Hons) Durham University, LRAM, is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.

Learn more about Jonathan Darlington

Directed by Nancy Hermiston

Nancy Hermiston
Director

Warkworth, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Die Fledermaus, 2015

Recent Appearances:
La bohème with Vancouver Opera
Le nozze di Figaro with UBC Opera Ensemble and UBC Symphony
The Bartered Bride with UBC Opera Ensemble and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra
La traviata with UBC Opera Ensemble and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra

Upcoming Engagements:
Manon with UBC Opera Ensemble and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra
Concert Tour to Beijing, China with the UBC Opera Ensemble
Eine Nacht in Venedig with UBC Opera Ensemble and UBC Symphony Orchestra
Concert Tour to Germany and the Czech Republic with the UBC Opera Ensemble
A Midsummer Night's Dream with UBC Opera Ensemble and the Vancouver Opera Orchestra

Ms. Hermiston is Head of the Voice and Opera Divisions of the UBC School of Music and serves as the UBC University Marshal.

Learn more about Nancy here. 

   
Duke of Mantua Bruce Sledge

Bruce Sledge
Duke of Mantua

Tenor
Orange County, CA

Last VO Appearance:
Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, 2009

Recent Appearances:
Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto with Santa Fe Opera
Roberto in Maria Stuarda with Royal Swedish Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Paolo Erisso in Maometto Secondo with Canadian Opera Company
Macduff in Macbeth with Welsh National Opera

More about Bruce Sledge

Matteo Borsa Marcel d'Entremont *

Marcel d'Entremont
Borsa

Tenor
Merigomish, NS

VO Début

Recent Appearances:
Soloist, Postcard from Morocco, University of Toronto
Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Maritime Concert Opera (Lunenburg, N.S.)

Upcoming Engagements:
Romeo and Tybalt in Roméo et Juliette with Jeunesses Musicales (Maritime tour)
Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni in Rouen and Versailles
Prince Tamino in The Magic Flute with Opera Kelowna

Countess Ceprano Eden Tremayne *

Eden Tremayne
Soprano

Langley, BC
Lucinda

Last VO Appearance:
Countess Ceprano / Page / Gilda Understudy in Rigoletto, 2015

Recent Appearances:
The Four Note Opera with Vancouver Opera's Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program
Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, with Vivave!
Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann with UBC Opera
Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore with Opera NUOVA

Upcoming Engagements:
Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Vancouver Opera

Rigoletto Gordon Hawkins

Gordon Hawkins
Rigoletto

Baritone
Washington, DC

Last VO Appearance:
Scarpia in Tosca, 2013

Recent Appearances:
Bergen International Festival (Norway) Opening Night Gala Concert for Queen Sonja
Nabucco with Opera Carolina
Amonasro in Aida with St. Louis Symphony
Nabucco with Seattle Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
War and Remembrance recital, Washington, DC
Porgy and Bess with Toledo Opera
Alberich in Der Ring des Nibelungen with Washington National Opera
Scarpia in Tosca with Cincinnati Opera

More about Gordon Hawkins

Cavaliere Marullo Zachary Read *

Zachary Read
Cavaliere Marullo

Baritone
Halifax, NS

Last VO Appearance:
Jonas Fogg / Anthony (understudy) in Sweeney Todd, 2015

Recent Appearances:
Le Podestat in Le Docteur Miracle with Vancouver Opera, Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program
Morales / Escamillo (understudy) in Carmen with Vancouver Opera
Ivan / Falke (understudy) in Die Fledermaus with Vancouver Opera
Sid in Albert Herring with University of Toronto Opera
Dottore Malatesta in Don Pasquale with University of Toronto Opera

More about Zachary Read

Count Ceprano Willy Miles-Grenzberg

Willy Miles-Grenzberg
Count Ceprano

Baritone
St. Catharines, ON

Last VO Appearance:
First Man in Sweeney Todd, 2015

Recent Appearances:
Old Man, Principal (Act 1), Grandpa, Gym Teacher in Stickboy
Lieder Singer in Mondnacht with Dances for a Small Stage
Jesus in St. John Passion (Bach) with The Handel Society
Lalo in Fallujah (Workshop) for City Opera Vancouver

Upcoming Engagements:
Messiah for The Handel Society
Bach: Mass in B Minor for The Handel Society

Count Monterone Cameron McPhail

Cameron McPhail
Monterone

Baritone
Brandon, MB

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Uncle John with Against the Grain Theatre, Banff, Toronto, Ottawa
John Worthing in Earnest, the Importance of Being with Toronto Operetta Theatre
Soloist in Messiah (Handel) with Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Upcoming Engagements:
Frédéric in Lakmé with Calgary Opera
Dancaïre/Morales in Carmen with Edmonton Opera
Soloist in Carmina Burana with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

More about Cameron McPhail

Sparafucile Matthew Treviño

Matthew Treviño
Sparafucile

Bass
Austin, TX

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
King in Aida, Aspen Music Festival
Ghost in The Canterville Ghost (World Premiere) with Opera Leipzig, Germany
Sparafucile in Rigoletto with English National Opera, London

Upcoming Engagements:
Colline in La bohème with Opera Coeur D’Alene, Idaho
Ashby in La Fanciulla Del West with Opera Omaha
Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opera Colorado

More about Matthew Treviño

Gilda Simone Osborne

Simone Osborne
Gilda

Soprano
Vancouver, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Pamina in The Magic Flute, 2013

Recent Appearances:
Lucia in Lucia di Lamermoor with Edmonton Opera
Marguerite in Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher with the New York Philharmonic, Paris Philharmonie, L'Orchestre Symphonique de Monte Carlo and L'Orchestre de Toulouse
Nanetta in Falstaff with the Canadian Opera Company
Gilda in Rigoletto with the Canadian Opera Company and Opera Hamilton

Upcoming Engagements:
Michaela in Carmen with the Canadian Opera Company
Soprano soloist in The Metropolitan Opera's Rising Stars concert tour of the United States

More about Simone Osborne

Giovanna Francesca Corrado *

Francesca Corrado
Giovanna / Maddalena Understudy

Mezzo-soprano
Burnaby, BC

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Carmen with UBC Opera in Vancouver, Westben Arts Festival in Ontario and European Music Academy in the Czech Republic
Paquette in Candide with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Jezˇibaba in Rusalka with UBC Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Suzuki (Understudy) in Madama Butterfly with Vancouver Opera

Herald Angus Bell

Angus Bell
Herald

Bass-baritone
Bankstown, Australia

Last VO Appearance:
Tosca, 2013

Recent Appearances:
John Allison in The Lake with Turning Point Ensemble
Requiem (Brahms) with Summer Chor, Vancouver
Messiah (Handel) with the Vancouver Handel Society and Salt Spring Island Symphony

Page Eden Tremayne *

Eden Tremayne
Soprano

Langley, BC
Lucinda

Last VO Appearance:
Countess Ceprano / Page / Gilda Understudy in Rigoletto, 2015

Recent Appearances:
The Four Note Opera with Vancouver Opera's Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program
Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, with Vivave!
Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann with UBC Opera
Gianetta in L’elisir d’amore with Opera NUOVA

Upcoming Engagements:
Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly with Vancouver Opera

Maddalena Carolyn Sproule

Carolyn Sproule
Maddalena

Mezzo-soprano
Montreal, QC

Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Sandman in Hansel and Gretel withThe Metropolitan Opera
Third Lady in The Magic Flute with Houston Grand Opera
Sesto in Giulio Cesare with Wolf Trap Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Inez in Il trovatore with The Metropolitan Opera
Third Maid in Elektra with Opera de Montreal
Erika in Vanessa with The Wexford Festival

   
Associate Conductor / Chorus Director Leslie Dala

Leslie Dala
Chorus Director / Associate Director

Toronto, ON

Last VO Appearance:
Conductor, Madama Butterfly, 2016

Recent Appearances:
Musical Dramaturge / Conductor, Stickboy with Vancouver Opera
Così fan tutte with the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy (COSI)
Steve Reich at 80 at Massey Hall, Toronto produced by Soundstreams
St. Matthew Passion with the Vancouver Bach Choir
The Magic Flute with Edmonton Opera
Sweeney Todd with Vancouver Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream with UBC Opera
Le nozze di Figaro with Vancouver Opera
The Magic Flute with Bard on the Beach

Learn more about Leslie Dala

Fight Director Nicholas Harrison

Nicholas Harrison
Fight Director 
Tsawwassen, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Fight Director, Sweeney Todd, 2015

Recent Appearances:
Fight Director, Stickboy with Vancouver Opera
Fight Director for Bard on the Beach
Fight Director for Peter and the Starcatcher with Western Canada Theatre Company
Co-creator for Boudicca with Running Screaming Crying Productions

Dr. Harrison is a member of Fight Directors Canada.

Lighting Designer John Webber

John Webber
Lighting Designer
Vancouver, BC


Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Pauline with City Opera Vancouver
Fallujah with City Opera Vancouver
Copper Thunderbird with National Arts Centre, Ottawa
Edward Curtis at Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa
Burning Visions at the Firehall Arts Centre

More about John Webber

Wig Designer Stacey Butterworth

Stacey Butterworth
Wig Designer

Vancouver, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Rigoletto, 2015

Recent Appearances:
Die Fledermaus and Sweeney Todd with Vancouver Opera, 2015
Wig Design and Construction for Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
Wig Design and Construction for Reign television series, Toronto
Wigmaker for Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle feature film

Upcoming Engagements:
Wigmaker for Jennifer Lawrence and Virginia Madsen in Joy feature film
Wigmaker for Warcraft and The Revenant feature films
Wigmaker for John Travolta in Life on the Line feature film

Ms. Butterworth has been Wig Designer at Vancouver Opera since 1995. Stacey Butterworth Wig Creations is one of the top suppliers of custom made wigs in North America, supplying film, television, theatre and opera.

Principal Répétiteur / Assistant Chorus Director Kinza Tyrrell

KINZA TYRRELL
PRINCIPAL RÉPÉTITEUR / ASSISTANT CHORUS DIRECTOR / CHILDREN'S CHORUS DIRECTOR

Victoria, BC

Last VO Appearance:
Assistant Conductor / Chorus Director / Principal Répétiteur, Madama Butterfly, 2016

Recent Appearances:
Conductor, Dark Sisters with Vancouver Opera
Visiting Master Teacher with Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artist Development Program
Music Director, Stickboy with Vancouver Opera In Schools
Principal Répétiteur / Assistant Chorus Director, Rigoletto with Vancouver Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Lincoln Trio concert @Silk Purse
German Diction Coach / Assistant Conductor at Opera Kelowna
CD recording for Ukrainian Art Song Project at CBC Toronto

Dr. Tyrrell is the Head Coach of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program and guest faculty at the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Nuova and Opera Kelowna.

Stage Manager Kate Porter

Kate Porter
Stage Manager

Halifax, NS

Last VO Appearance:
Carmen, 2014

Recent Appearances:
The Pirates of Penzance with the Thousand Islands Playhouse
Acis and Galatea and La clemenza di Tito with Opera Atelier
Messiah with Against the Grain Theatre
The Secret Garden with the Banff Centre Opera program

Upcoming Engagements:
Wormwood with Tarragon Theatre

Ms. Porter has worked as an Assistant Stage Manager at the Canadian Opera Company for nine seasons. She is pleased to be joined by Assistant Stage Managers Beth Grieve and Catherine Rouleau and Apprentice Stage Manager Michelle Harrison.

Assistant Director Brenna Corner *

Brenna Corner
Assistant Director

High River, AB

Last VO Appearance:
Assistant Director, Dark Sisters, 2015

Recent Appearances:
Assistant Director, Rigoletto, 2015
Director, The Four Note Opera and Le Docteur Miracle with Vancouver Opera’s Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program
Director, Cendrillon and La clemenza di Tito with Manitoba Underground Opera
Director, Béatrice et Bénédict with Fraser Lyric Opera

Upcoming Engagements:
Assistant Director, Carmen with The Canadian Opera Company
Assistant Director, La bohème with Glimmerglass Opera Festival

More about Brenna Corner

* Member of the Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program