Verdi’s Beloved Rigoletto in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE, Wis. – On May 21, 22 & 23, 2010 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, the Florentine Opera Company brings to life one of opera’s most beloved works, Rigoletto by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.

Packed with familiar melodies including “La donna è mobile,” the renowned Quartet and Gilda’s wistful “Caro nome,” the opera will be performed in Italian with English supertitles above the stage. Although the tuneful music may be familiar to audiences, the production is all-new, with production and lighting design by Noele Stollmack, costume design by Christianne Myers and wig and makeup design by Dawn Rivard. General Director William Florescu will serve as stage director, while Principal Conductor Joseph Rescigno will conduct the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s unforgettable score.

“I am extremely pleased to return as stage director, and to have the opportunity to present a cast of this artistic caliber in what is one of my favorite Verdi operas,” noted General Director William Florescu.

“Now is the perfect time to re-examine the work of Giuseppe Verdi, as the 200th anniversary of his birth approaches, in 2013. Moreover, while the Florentine Opera remains committed to fostering new operatic works and supporting opera as a living art form, it is equally important to consider the venerated masterpieces with fresh ears and eyes – in many cases, this can help us appreciate them even more fully,” Florescu stated.

Notable cast appearances include the return of audience favorite Georgia Jarman as Gilda. Luis Ledesma (May 21 & 23) and Peter Castaldi (May 22), both in their Florentine Opera debuts, will sing the title role. Arturo Chacón-Cruz takes on the role of the evil Duke of Mantua, Kelly Anderson portrays Count Monterone, Stephen Morscheck returns to Florentine stage as Sparafucile and Audrey Babcock makes her Florentine debut as Maddelena.

Additional information about the production, the Florentine Opera’s 2010-2011 season and upcoming plans for the Company, as well as tickets to Rigoletto, are available at

Single tickets start at just $30. For ticket information, visit or call 414-291-5700 ext. 224.

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