Their fully staged production will be from Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th February 2017 at The Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, RG12 4PA
The company say the principal roles are fully cast, though additional chorus members will be most welcome. If you’re interested in participating in this exciting opera, contact Park Opera’s Secretary, Sue Mainwaring, M: 07968 197154, E: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rehearsals are held on Thursdays at 8.00 pm in the Recital Room at South Hill Park Arts Centre. Here’s Park Opera’s description of Rigoletto, Verdi’s own favourite opera.
This powerful story of love and betrayal tells of Rigoletto, the unhappy and deformed jester at the court of the charming but immoral Duke of Mantua. When the Duke seduces and then cruelly abandons Rigoletto’s innocent daughter Gilda, the jester vows to avenge her honour, but his vengeance goes horribly wrong because Gilda still loves her worthless seducer.
Verdi’s magnificent score matches the drama with a continuous stream of glorious and familiar tunes, including the sublime Quartet (made famous in the film “Quartet” starring Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly), and the show-stopping tenor aria “La donna è mobile”. The opera is set in the splendour of Renaissance Italy, with gorgeous period costumes, superb soloists, chorus and orchestra.