Revenge Is a Fool’s Game


Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Premiered March 11, 1851, La Fenice (Venice, Italy)

Verdi’s Italian masterpiece opens Opera Colorado’s 40th Anniversary Season, featuring unforgettable music, including the effervescent “La donna è mobile.” The jaded jester Rigoletto serves the reckless Duke of Mantua and his hedonistic court. Little does Rigoletto know the womanizing duke has seduced his naive daughter, Gilda. How far will Rigoletto go to protect his only family?

November 5, 8, 11, 13 | 2022
The Ellie Caulkins Opera House at Denver Performing Arts Complex
Performed in Italian, with English and Spanish subtitles at every seat and English Supertitles above the stage.

Estimated Length: 2 hours, and 40 minutes

Content Warning: Rigoletto contains sexual content and depictions of violence.

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Costumes provided by Sarasota Opera Association, Inc.
Sets provided by the New Orleans Opera Association.

The 40th Anniversary Season is generously sponsored by Marcia & Dick Robinson.


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Stephen Powell

Rigoletto | Bio

Sharleen Joynt

Gilda | Bio

Joshua Dennis

Duke of Mantua | Bio

Christian Zaremba

Sparafucile | Bio

Sandra Piques Eddy

Maddalena | Bio

Creative Team

Headshot of Ari Pelto

Ari Pelto

Conductor | Bio

Sahar Nouri

Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor | Bio
Christopher Mattaliano

Christopher Mattaliano

Director | Bio

The Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Verdi’s Rigoletto

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