Opera San Jose’s Rigoletto a “powerful season-opener”
Richard Scheinin, SJ Mercury News  More…

“From the very first notes of the overture with its dramatic foreboding
through to Rigoletto’s final searing cri de coeur, the music is heart clenching and under the
nuanced direction of Opera San Jose’s musical director and principal conductor Joseph
Marcheso, brilliantly, exquisitely subtle.” Paul Myrvold, Out ‘n’ About Magazine More…

“Opening night clearly belonged to Matthew Hanscom (Rigoletto), Kirk Dougherty (Duke of
Mantua), and Isabella Ivy (Gilda). Hanscom dominated every scene he was in with a
stamina that didn’t stop. Dougherty a smooth actor – so smooth that he almost even
dupes the audience at moments as to whether he’s fallen for Gilda; Ivy’s mellifluous
soprano gives Gilda a depth not always evident in other productions.” Stark Insider More…

“Conductor/artistic director Joseph Marcheso did a superb job with the orchestra, particularly with that overture, which always seems to capture the entire emotional journey of the opera in a few brief minutes.”
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“Baritone Matthew Hanscom’s Rigoletto was superb. He took us along on his emotional roller coaster ride with a wonderful versatile voice, full of expressive personality and technical prowess.” Peninsula Reviews

A tale of innocence lost. A vengeance gone tragically awry. A deformed court jester wants nothing more than to protect his virtuous daughter from a licentious duke who seduces and then abandons her. Giuseppe Verdi’s famous masterwork, Rigoletto, leads us on a chilling whirlwind of revenge that has entranced audiences since its first performance. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.