On May 12, LA Opera saw the return of Mark Lamos’ lavish production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto. KXLU has described it as “… a mesmerizing, powerfully sung and acted Rigoletto,” while Broadway World writes that Juan Jesus Rodriguez in the title role “is thunder itself for all three acts. In both singing and acting, he masterfully plays all the agonizing transitions of the character …”
The critics may love this timeless Verdi classic, but what does the public think? Read below for audience reactions to LA Opera’s Rigoletto!
“Hey Everybody you good? What a wonderful Mother’s Day gift- a night at the opera! Amazing performances by @mdrbass & @lisetteoropesa & the whole cast of #Rigoletto! #MakingNewOperaFans #RunSeeThisShow” – Angela Bassett, Actress (@im.angelabassett)
— Grace M Danziger (@gracedanziger) May 17, 2018
“Wow this #LAOpera production of #Rigoletto is awesome!” – @gracedanziger
— "Song Bird" Betsy (@studio_gal) May 17, 2018
“I saw #Rigoletto last night & I was so happy b/c it was opera at its best: big voices & beautiful music. Thank you @LAOpera for a great night at the opera!” – @studio_gal
@LAOpera #Rigoletto Lisette Oropesa's voice is like LIQUID GOLD! She is made for Verdi, a superb actress and magical soprano of the first waters. Don't miss her AMAZING GILDA, it is indescribably layered and thrilling. pic.twitter.com/UbqUBzp6fU
— judi jordan (@judijordanprod) May 15, 2018
“@LAOpera #Rigoletto Lisette Oropesa’s voice is like LIQUID GOLD! She is made for Verdi, a superb actress and magical soprano of the first waters. Don’t miss her AMAZING GILDA, it is indescribably layered and thrilling.” – @judijordanprod
“A world-class cast stars in the tale of a father’s rage, a daughter’s despair, and a self-centered ruler who thinks he can get away with anything. My dear friend Sharmay Musacchio was an AMAZING and hugely entertaining Giovanna in Verdi’s Rigoletto with the LA Opera, conducted by the gifted Matthew Aucoin. I’m absolutely thrilled for her!! …” – quartz100
Saturday night’s opening of #Rigoletto at the @LAOpera was beautiful … bravissimo! #hispanicsforlaopera – @isabelravenna2
— Courtney B. Vance (@CourtneyBVance) May 14, 2018
“Folks, last night hearing this man sing in LA Opera’s #Rigolettowas nothing short of amazing! @MorrisDRobinson I’m proud of you my brother! #MyKidsLoveOperaBecauseofYOU” – Courtney B. Vance, Actor (@CourtneyBVance)
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