Adventures in Opera: Preview of The MetLive in HD - Rigoletto -- John Frey
Your favorite opera expert John Frey will enhance your enjoyment of the upcoming New York Met Opera Season Broadcasts that will be shown at the PAC at Cal Poly and your local movie theaters. LLCC is sponsoring John's previews for each of these operas prior to their showings in the theater venues. The previews will be a discussion of the plots and characters that will prepare you to better understand and enjoy these new MET productions.
Rigoletto is Verdis operatic masterpiece without heroes. Of the five principal roles, four are basically evil: the licentious Duke of Mantua; Rigoletto, the Dukes malevolent, mocking jester; Sparafucile, a professional assassin; Maddalena, Sparafuciles prostitute sister who lures his victims to their death. Gilda, Rigolettos daughter, is an innocent girl who sacrifices her life for the Duke after he has raped her.
The theme of the opera is the unforeseen consequences of a curse and of revenge. Monterone, a courtier, pronounces a curse on the Duke for ravishing his daughter and on Rigoletto for mocking him. The Dukes courtiers abduct Rigolettos daughter to avenge the jesters insults. Rigoletto plots to kill the Duke because he rapes his daughter. In the end the jesters vengeance backfires as the assassin kills his daughter to save the Duke.
LLCC previews at Odd Fellows Hall, 520 Dana St, SLO from 1-4pm
Cost for members is $5.00, for non-members it is $10.00
If you would like to have the password for the member price for this course, go to www.lifelearnerscc.org for information on how you can become a member.
Theater Showings of Rigoletto:
Downtown Cinema (SLO), Santa Maria Town Center January 29, 9:55am
Performing Arts Center, Sponsored by Cal Poly Arts, February 20 2:00pm
Tickets for the actual The MetLive in HD showings must be purchased at the various venues. Your ticket for this course does not include admission to the MetLive in HD showing at a theater.
John Frey taught chemistry and engaged in chemical research for 45 years at several universities and is now retired. He served on the Board of Directors of Festival Mozaic from 2014-2017, OperaSLO from 1999-present, Lifelong Learners of the Central Coast from 2012-present and SLO Master Chorale. He is a member of the Rotary Club of SLO. He teaches courses on opera and musical theater for LLCC and OperaSLO. He has 70 years of choral experience and has performed in the chorus of OperaSLO. He has a lifelong passion for opera and musical theater.
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Odd Fellows Hall (View)
520 Dana Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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