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Rigoletto

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McCaw Hall Seattle Center
Wed., Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. 2014

$72-$194

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"Victor Hugo's play Le Roi S'amuse, which inspired Rigoletto, was inspired by stories of the sexually violent exploits of 16th-century King Francis I of France. Rigoletto is one of opera's great sing-alongs, and Seattle Opera's 2004 version set in Mussolini's Italy, while not surprising, remains crisp and engaging. The standout for me was the bass, Andrea Silvestrelli. An amoral hit man is not someone I should be drawn to, but Silvestrelli's burr was just so butterscotchy. Nadine Sierra, in her Seattle Opera debut, portrays Gilda as somehow, even after her sexual violation, innocent. Maybe Gilda is one of those women who, post–sexual trauma, constructs herself an explanation of her rape as, well, a metaphor? Or a rite of passage one must take for 'love'? Maybe rape, in addition to being a physical fact always, is in some way not only an example of but also a metaphor for abuse of power? Maybe rape is always what it is and also something else." (Rebecca Brown)

McCaw Hall

321 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109
206-684-7200
http://mccawhall.com

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  • Wed., Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. 2014
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